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Updated 10 July 2020
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214. Awakening (2013)
The alarming phenomenon forcing medicine to confront how little we really know about anesthesia’s effects on the brain.
theatlantic.com






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213. Living in the Now (2017)
She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.
aeon.co






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212. Celebration of Derek Parfit (2017)
A collection of videos from a celebration of Parfit’s life by friends, family and colleagues in All Souls College, Oxford.
vimeopro.com






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211. Had a Good Think Lately? (2017)
André Spicer drags a couple of deckchairs around the streets of London.
aeon.co






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210. German Philosophy Has Finally Gone Viral (2017)
A new generation of rockstar philosophers are taking the discipline to the masses. Will that be its undoing?
foreignpolicy.com






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209. Armchair Science (2017)
Thought experi-ments played a crucial role in the history of science. But how can they ever tell us anything about the real world?
aeon.co






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208. Without Mirrors (2012)
What made you become a philosopher? Was it always something you felt drawn to or was it a surprise? Richard Marshall interviews Huw Price.
316am.site123.me






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207. Time to Go Retro (2012)
A model involving backward causation could help unite quantum mechanics and general relativity—and satisfy an old challenge thrown down by Arthur Eddington.
fqxi.org






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206. A Journey Into the Animal Mind (2019)
Each year brings a raft of new research papers, which, taken together, suggest that a great many animals are conscious.
theatlantic.com






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205. Why Does Australia Have an Outsized Influence on Philosophy? (2019)
Peter Godfrey-Smith examines a surprisingly broad Australian footprint.
aeon.co






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204. I Feel Therefore I Am (2015)
Growing up in Australia, I loved to lie on the grass, immersed in the scent of wattles, and stare up at the sky. Margaret Wertheim ponders how consciousness came to be a problem.
aeon.co






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203. Satire or Fraud? (2019)
A philosopher’s hoax embarrasses several academic journals but Peter Boghossian’s employer, Portland State University, does not see it that way.
psmag.com






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202. As Xenophon Saw It (2019)
Brilliant leader, kind horseman and friend of Socrates, Xenophon’s writings inspire a humane, practical approach to life.
aeon.co






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201. The Philosopher Redefining Equality (2019)
Elizabeth Anderson thinks that we’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society.
www.newyorker.com






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200. Kurt Gödel and the Romance of Logic (2018)
His great theory defeated the finest minds of the century and rescued the idea that there are truths that humans can never prove.
prospectmagazine.co.uk






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199. Why You Don’t Need Brain Surgery to Change Logic (2018)
It’s hard to see my path into philosophy as a sequence of rational decisions … an interview with Hartry Field.
316am.site123.me






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198. Floating in the Air: The World That Made Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (2018)
In September 1865, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was living in Wiesbaden, Germany, and couldn’t pay his rent.
www.thenation.com






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197. Consciousness is a Really Funny Word (2018)
It’s a fascinating time to be a neuro-scientist, says Hannah Critchlow.
www.theguardian.com






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196. A ‘Self-Aware’ Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test (2018)
A report that a fish can pass the “mirror test” for self-awareness reignites a spirited old debate.
quantamagazine.org






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195. Below the Asphalt Lies the Beach (2018)
It was the political awakening of my generation … Seyla Benhabib reflects on the legacy of the Frankfurt School.
bostonreview.net






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194. The Philosopher’s Tone (2018)
Tim Crane challenges philosophers to improve the way they criticize one another.
www.the-tls.co.uk






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193. A Post-Truth Philosopher Mounts a Defense of Science (2018)
Bruno Latour spent decades de-constructing the ways that scientists claim their authority. Can his ideas help them regain that authority today?
www.nytimes.com






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192. My Grandfather Thought He Solved a Cosmic Mystery (2018)
When my grandfather died last fall, it fell to us to sort through the books and papers in his home … A portrait of nuclear physicist Francis Perey.
www.theatlantic.com






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191. Where Is My Mind? An Interview with Andy Clark (2018)
On the extended mind, artificial intelligence, and panpsychism’s response to the hard problem of consciousness.
iainews.iai.tv






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190. How to Crack Consciousness (2018)
When I read philosophy at Oxford in the early 1980s there wasn’t a lot of talk about consciousness … A review of Tim Parks’ new book on consciousness.
newstatesman.com






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189. The First Traffic Jam on Broadway was Caused by a Philosophy Lecture (2018)
Just over a century ago, New York newspapers announced the impending visit of Henri Bergson, and the city buzzed.
qz.com






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188. The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI (2018)
For the past decade or so, Karl Friston has devoted much of his time and effort to developing an idea he calls the free energy principle.
www.wired.com






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187. Did Thomas Kuhn Kill Truth? (2018)
A debate on the nature of truth turns into a squabble over whether the father of the “paradigm shift” threw an ashtray at Errol Morris’s head.
thenewatlantis.com






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186. J. L. Austin: A Return to Common Sense (2018)
Guy Longworth assesses Austin’s view that philosophers fail to understand everyday speech.
www.the-tls.co.uk






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185. The Best Books on Wittgenstein (2018)
Peter Hacker explains why he believes Wittgenstein’s star will rise again.
fivebooks.com






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184. In a Quizzical Spirit: An Interview with Stephen Yablo (2018)
The Oxford Review of Books visits one of the world’s leading philosophers at his home.
the-orb.org






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183. Simone Weil’s Deeper Grace (2018)
Who was this French mystic, who nearly starved herself for the Resistance, then looked for God’s love in ‘the void’?
www.theamericanconservative.com






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182. Obituary - Stanley Cavell (1926–2018)
He was a jazz musician before he was a philosopher. An air of improvisation and fun hung over everything he did.
www.nybooks.com






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181. Slavery-entangled Philosophy (2018)
John Locke took part in administering the slave-owning colonies. Does that make him, and liberalism itself, hypocritical?
aeon.co






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180. Wittgenstein’s Confession (2018)
Like Socrates, he knew that being honest with oneself is the most philosophical act of all.
www.nytimes.com






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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.
smithsonianmag.com






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214. Awakening (2013)

The alarming phenomenon forcing medicine to confront how little we really know about anesthesia’s effects on the brain.
theatlantic.com