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Phinteresting – A collection of philosophy and related stories from around the web. Links are to external sites.

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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127. Obituary - Jerry Fodor (1935-2017)
A modest man, Jerry Fodor was combative in debate with colleagues, and his irreverent humour found an outlet in the London Review of Books.
www.theguardian.com






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126. What is it Like to Be a Bee? (2017)
A philosophical and neurobiological look into the apian mind.
www.atlasobscura.com






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125. A Philosopher’s Moral Crisis Can Help Us Learn to Question Our Instincts (2017)
Jeff McMahan is an Oxford moral philosopher and vegetarian of almost 50 years. He still doesn’t know if it’s wrong to eat meat.
qz.com






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124. Incomprehensible Things (2017)
“This summer was my longest stay back home, in Mexico City, in my life as a philosophy student abroad.” External-world scepticism meets a Mexican earthquake.
thepointmag.com






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123. Interview: Slavoj Žižek (2017)
“Don’t call me professor if you don’t want me to kill you.” In a London café, Anja Steinbauer chats with the philosopher who invented the word ‘idiosyncratic.’
philosophynow.org






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122. Why the First Drawings of Neurons Were Defaced (2017)
Every exquisite drawing by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the founder of modern neuroscience, is marred by a curious mark. Here is the story behind it.
quantamagazine.org






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121. The Bit Bomb (2017)
The vague idea of ‘information’ haunted the ancients as much as it did Claude Shannon and his Bell Labs colleagues who were trying to engirdle the world with wires and telecoms cables.
aeon.co






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120. If I Teleport From Mars, Does the Original Me Get Destroyed? (2017)
Charlie Huenemann of Utah State University ponders the paradoxes of teletransportation.
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119. What is it Like to be a Philosopher? – Peter Singer (2017)
My parents had bought the full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and at one stage I set out to read it from A–Z, all 23 volumes. I didn’t finish it, though.
whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com






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118. On Consciousness (2016-17)
Philosopher, psychologist, and robotics engineer Riccardo Manzotti explains his unusual take on consciousness in a series of conversations with Tim Parks.
nybooks.com






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117. Study Philosophy to Improve Thinking—A Case of False Advertising? (2017)
Philosophy is awash in optimism about the practical benefits of studying philosophy. What reason do we have to believe this?
quillette.com






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116. What is it Like to be a Philosopher? – Graham Priest (2017)
I was offered the Boyce Gibson Chair and a Chair at St Andrews. I tried to apply formal decision theory, and found it to be completely useless.
whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com






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115. The Philosopher Who Helped Create the Information Age (2016)
The 18th-century German philosopher and polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz isn’t a household name—but he should be.
slate.com






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114. Is Philosophy Simply Harder Than Science? (2017)
Maybe philosophy delivers just as much progress as can be expected, given the difficulty of its task. David Papineau on the lack of progress in philosophy.
the-tls.co.uk






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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