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167. Even in Old Age, Philosopher Bryan Magee Remains Wonder-Struck by the Ultimate Questions (2018)
Now living in one room in a nursing hospital, his mind still roams restlessly free.
www.newstatesman.com






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166. Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality? (2018)
Thomas Metzinger had his first out-of-body experience when he was nineteen. At the time, he was a philosophy student at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität.
www.newyorker.com






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165. The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark (2018)
The idea of an extended mind has extended far beyond philosophy, which is why Clark is now—in his early sixties—one of the most-cited philosophers alive.
www.newyorker.com






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164. The Best Books on Hegel (2018)
Is Hegel worth reading? Stephen Houlgate at Warwick University gives us an in-depth look at one of the most divisive figures in western philosophy.
fivebooks.com






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163. The Consciousness Deniers (2018)
“The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness.” Galen Strawson considers the silliest claim ever made.
www.nybooks.com






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162. Obituary - Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
Modern cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76 at his home in Cambridge, England.
www.theguardian.com






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161. Two’s a Crowd (2018)
Zany and earnest, political yet puckish, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were philosophy’s most improbable duo.
aeon.co






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160. The Practical Philosopher: A Profile of Mary Warnock (2003)
It is her no-nonsense approach to ethical dilemmas in embryology that has left the greatest mark on public policy.
www.theguardian.com






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159. Being and Time: Why Heidegger Matters (2009)
A taste of Heidegger’s magnum opus and hopefully some motivation to study it more deeply. An eight-part blog by Simon Critchley.
www.theguardian.com






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158. What is it Like to be a Philosopher? – David Chalmers (2016)
When I got to Oxford I thought I’d settle down and study math, but that didn’t happen. Instead I kept thinking obsessively about consciousness.
whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com






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157. Newly Discovered Draft of Descartes’ Meditations Sheds New Light on the Philosopher (2018)
A simple Google search opened a new world for Jeremy Hyman, a philosophy instructor at the University of Arkansas.
researchfrontiers.uark.edu






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156. Ten Unexpected Philosopher Portraits In The Styles Of Famous Artists (2017)
The imaginative paintings of Renee Bolinger, a student of both art and philosophy.
www.huffingtonpost.com






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155. Plato’s Dialogues (2009)
Plato increasingly looks not just like a generator of footnotes, but a philosopher whose time is coming again. An eight-part blog by Mark Vernon.
www.theguardian.com






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154. The Best Philosophy Books of 2017
Recommended by philosopher Nigel Warburton.
fivebooks.com






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153. The Best Books on Time and the Mind (2016)
Psychologist and author Marc Wittmann picks five books that unpick our perception of the passage of time.
fivebooks.com






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152. The Best Books on Streams of Consciousness (2016)
Recommended by Charles Fernyhough, professor of psychology and author of The Voices Within.
fivebooks.com






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150. What Does Any of This Have To Do with Physics? (2018)
Einstein and Feynman ushered me into grad school, reality ushered me out. What graduate school in theoretical physics is really like.
nautil.us






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149. Quine: Beginning in the Middle of Things (2018)
Gary Kemp explains why the hugely influential philosopher is so often misunderstood
www.the-tls.co.uk






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148. Math’s Beautiful Monsters (2017)
With one bizarre equation, Karl Weierstrass demonstrated that physical intuition was not a reliable foundation on which to build mathematical theories.
nautil.us






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147. Western Philosophy is Racist (2017)
Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change.
aeon.co






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146. On Anger, Disgust, and Love (2017)
When I gave the John Locke Lectures in 2014 I asked a designer to make me a bright pink suit for the first lecture … to send up the stuffiness and sexism of Oxford, with humor and panache. An interview with Martha Nussbaum.
emotionresearcher.com






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145. One of the Great Intellects of His Time (2016)
One of the chief purposes of Frank Ramsey (1903–1930): A Sister’s Memoir, by his younger sister Margaret Paul, is to introduce him to a wider audience. A review by Ray Monk.
www.nybooks.com






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144. The Thinker Who Believed in Doing (2018)
William James and the philosophy of pragmatism.
www.neh.gov






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143. Yacob and Amo – The African Enlightenment (2017)
The highest ideals of Locke, Hume and Kant were first proposed more than a century earlier by an Ethiopian in a cave.
aeon.co






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142. Richard Rorty (2003)
Arguably the most influential philosopher of our time: a radical American who is against war in Iraq - and against truth, reason and science. Yet his radicalism turns out to be oddly disarming.
www.prospectmagazine.co.uk






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141. Where Thomas Nagel Went Wrong (2013)
The philosopher’s critique of evolution wasn’t shocking. So why is he being raked over the coals?
www.chronicle.com






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140. Thomas Nagel is Not Crazy (2012)
The philosopher’s new book has been fiercely criticised, but he is right to doubt science’s ability to explain everything
www.prospectmagazine.co.uk






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139. The Ghost and the Princess (2018)
The correspondence of René Descartes and Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia—a debate about mind, soul, and immortality.
www.laphamsquarterly.org






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138. Freud the Philosopher (2017)
Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism.
aeon.co






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137. The Hard Problem of Consciousness is a Distraction From the Real One (2016)
It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be.
aeon.co






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136. The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI (2017)
No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.
www.technologyreview.com






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135. Aristotle Got It Wrong: We Have a Lot More Than Five Senses (2017)
Armchair philosophers who ignore biology and neuroscience are missing fundamental facts about our experience.
www.irishtimes.com






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134. He Died as He Lived: David Hume, Philosopher and Infidel (2017)
As the Scottish philosopher David Hume lay on his deathbed in the summer of 1776, his passing became a highly anticipated event.
aeon.co






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133. Speaking Nonsense (2014)
Given Wittgenstein’s well-earned reputation for ferocious intensity, his appreciation of humor might come as a surprise.
thepointmag.com






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132. Buddhism Is More ‘Western’ Than You Think (2017)
Not long ago I was accused of something I hadn’t realized was a bad thing: clarity. “He makes Buddhist ideas and their history clear. Perhaps he makes the ideas too clear.”
www.nytimes.com






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131. Is Goodness Natural? (2017)
Philippa Foot was one of a group of brilliant women philosophers who swam against the tide of 20th-century moral thought
aeon.co






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130. Who Was That Marquise? Rediscovering Forgotten Voices of Women in Philosophy. (2017)
I double-checked to make sure that it didn’t say “Marquis” instead. Kant was referencing a female philosopher.
www.washingtonpost.com






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129. Jerry Fodor’s Enduring Critique of Neo-Darwinism (2017)
Jerry Fodor was important for the same reason you’ve probably never heard of him: he was unimpressed, to put it politely, by the intellectual trends of the day.
www.newyorker.com






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128. Obituary - Jerry Fodor (1935-2017)
One of the world’s foremost philosophers of mind, who brought the workings of computer technology to bear on ancient questions about human cognition, dies at 82.
www.nytimes.com






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167. Even in Old Age, Philosopher Bryan Magee Remains Wonder-Struck by the Ultimate Questions (2018)

Now living in one room in a nursing hospital, his mind still roams restlessly free.
www.newstatesman.com