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179. Hume the Humane (2018)
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
aeon.co






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178. The Mentalist (2018)
Longtime Amherst College philosophy professor Alexander George moonlights as a mind reader.
www.gazettenet.com






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177. Who Invented the Mind–Body Problem? (2018)
Germans were debating the “body–soul problem” by the mid-19th century, but Socrates pondered the problem first.
blogs.scientificamerican.com






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176. Philosophers, Meet the Plagiarism Police (2018)
Some researchers spot an issue with a paper, groan inwardly, and move on. Not Michael Dougherty.
retractionwatch.com






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175. Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius (2018)
A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from the early days of Western civilization.
www.smithsonianmag.com






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174. Lovers of Wisdom (2018)
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers—the sole extant work from antiquity that gives anything like a comprehensive picture of Greek and Hellenistic philosophy—gets a welcome new translation.
www.nybooks.com






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173. Does the Trolley Problem Have a Problem? (2018)
What if your answer to an absurd hypothetical question had no bearing on how you behaved in real life?
slate.com






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172. Thomas Bayes and the Crisis in Science (2018)
For most of the two and a half centuries since the Reverend Thomas Bayes first made his pioneering contributions to probability theory, his ideas were side-lined.
www.the-tls.co.uk






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171. Martha Nussbaum: Philosopher Queen (2018)
Bold and unapologetic, the marathon-running, opera-loving public intellectual has weighed in on everything from aging to the nature of evil.
www.momentmag.com






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170. Has Consciousness Lost Its Mind? (2018)
Some consciousness researchers believe that the whole Tucson-conference shindig has gone off the rails and that it should be shut down.
www.chronicle.com






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169. Out of the Armchair (2018)
A growing number of philosophers are conducting experiments to test their arguments. Is this the future of philosophy?
aeon.co






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168. Communist Robot Dreams (2018)
Tech flourished in communist Bulgaria and so did a body of science fiction asking vital philosophical questions.
aeon.co






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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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179. Hume the Humane (2018)

Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
aeon.co