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Is 20 years a long time in philosophy?

How has philosophy changed since the launch of The Philosophers’ Magazine in 1998?

The Illuminati: maybe not such a mad idea

When we dig for the truth, we flirt with madness. But in a world where hidden power is all too real, it’s the only sane thing to do.

What philosophy can teach us about tackling abuse

Inadequate processes are not the source of the problem, although they are part of it. The word that has been used most frequently to describe the source of Oxfam’s malaise is its “culture”, the corporate equivalent of “character”.

The power of second thoughts

How habits of thinking can challenge unthinking habits.

Funzing in Bristol

THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREE WILL – 20 MARCH, BRISTOL. Are you free? Or are you just following the hidden commands of unconscious processes, genetic dispositions, social conditioning and manipulation? Philosopher JB argues that those who deny we have free will are starting with a misguided and unrealistic idea of what it is. Only by understanding what it really means to be free we can make the most of our freedom. A Funzing event at Racks Bar, Bristol at 19:00

The ungrateful traveller

Last week I went to Bangkok. Returning home, the question on my mind was how did such an astonishing statement become so mundane?

Never Had It So Good

By the time you read this, something truly dreadful might have blighted the world. Pinker does not prophesy that this won’t happen; he simply reminds us why it should not and need not, as long as we don’t give up the notion of the emancipatory power of reason to help illuminate the way forward. If that is naive, even more naive is the belief that despair, fatalism or superstition supplies a credible alternative.

How we forgot the collective good

“UK plc” has become part of the ordinary lexicon. If anyone finds it objectionable, few say so. No one announced that from now on we should conceive of our country as a business, but gradually, imperceptibly, it became natural to do so. This is how so many cultural shifts happen. Ways of thinking mutate gradually, helped by changes in vocabulary that we accept without question.

The strange smells of success

Best new novelist of 2018? I know him…

20 Years of The Philosopher’s Magazine

From proofreading in a bedsit to the marvels of philosophy by CD-Rom, Julian Baggini tells all…

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