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  1. Philosophy Then: Evil Overruled.Peter Adamson - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:51-51.
    Today’s philosophers of religion devote considerable attention to the problem of evil: If God is both perfectly good and allpowerful, why do evil and suffering exist? This poses a considerable challenge to Jewish, Christian and Muslim theism, since if God is good, presumably he’d want to prevent evil and suffering, and if he’s all-powerful, presumably he’d be able to. The attempt to address this problem is called theodicy.
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    Philosophy in a Technological World by James Tartaglia. [REVIEW]Kieran Brayford - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:53-54.
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  3. The War with the Insectoids.Luís Cordeiro-Rodrigues & Ricardo Tavares - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:64-66.
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  4. The Ethics of Fat Shaming.Charlotte Curran - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:10-12.
    There have been attempts to ethically justify fat shaming as being motivated by a desire to achieve a greater good – namely, improved physical health or well-being. These ‘greater good’ arguments assume that the intentions behind fat-shaming are often positive, aiming to inspire individuals to make healthier choices which could contribute to a better quality of life. Although this rationale may intuitively seem correct, let me present reasons why this view is misguided, and why a competing moral demand should take (...)
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  5. Nonhuman Persons.Gerard Elfstrom - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:22-24.
    For much of Western history, we have been confident that human beings are persons but no other creatures have that status. These beliefs matter because personhood has often been deemed a necessary requirement for possessing moral value. Recently, an American legal activist group, the Nonhuman Rights Project, has challenged the assumption that only human beings are persons. Their approach is simple. They assume that humans possess particular features that make them persons, then ask whether there is evidence that any nonhuman (...)
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  6. Phenomenology at the Beach.Chad Engelland - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:36-36.
    At the beach, we soak up some sun, frolic in the surf, and swim with the waves – to name just a few of the activities possible. Apart from doing anything, though, it is exhilarating just to be at the beach. Why? What is the contemplative appeal of that place where the ocean meets the land?
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  7. Leibniz on Unicorns.Dean Ericksen - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:38-38.
    Saul Kripke may have argued that unicorns could not possibly exist, but if you’re personally unconvinced, you’d be in good company. When he wasn’t busy independently inventing infinitesimal calculus and devising his famous theodicy, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz found time to write about unicorns in what would become Protogaea.
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  8. Recognition & Protest.Andrew Hyams - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:8-8.
    Throughout the last decade, social protest movements have filled our TV screens and newsfeeds. From Occupy and the Arab Spring, to the Yellow Vests, Extinction Rebellion, the Women’s Marches and Black Lives Matter, people power is as alive as ever. Sadly, it also remains as controversial as ever, as the media furore over the toppling of statues in the US and UK has shown. This highlights the poor appreciation by many commentators of what drives social protest. If we want mature (...)
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  9. Brief Lives: C.S. Lewis.Martin Jenkins - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:40-43.
    C.S. Lewis is today best known as a Christian apologist and the author of the Narnia series of children’s fantasy books, including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is therefore easy to forget that his original training, and his first academic post, were in philosophy. That training marked almost everything that he wrote and broadcast.
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    Abortion & Artificial Wombs.J. Y. Lee & Andrea Bidoli - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:26-27.
    Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. In current practice, this involves the death of the foetus. Consequently, the debate on whether those experiencing an unwanted pregnancy have the right to abortion is usually dichotomized as a matter of pro-choice versus pro-life. Pro-choice advocates maintain that abortion is acceptable under various circumstances. The idea that we ought to respect pregnant people’s rights to choose what to do with their bodies – respect for bodily autonomy – is cited as a (...)
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  11. Film: Casablanca.Brian McCusker - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:56-57.
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    René Descartes: A Yogi?Sujantra McKeever - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:31-33.
    One of history’s greatest philosophers was, by my estimation, also a great yogi. The Frenchman René Descartes is often called ‘the father of modern philosophy’. He sat in his room and contemplated the mysteries of the mind. Yoga follows the same course to wisdom and understanding.
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  13. Street Philosopher: Bicycling in Brussels.Seán Moran - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:58-59.
    A bicycle, a cartoon character, and beer: this could only be Belgium. And so it is. We are in the land of champion cyclist Eddie Merckx, of Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin, and of twenty-one different types of beer in every bar. To complete the picture, all my photograph needs is an elegant Brussels eurocrat holding a box of Belgian chocolates in one hand and a René Magritte painting in the other, a Hercule Poirot story poking out of her Delvaux handbag. (...)
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  14. Deleuze & Guattari’s Friendly Concepts.Karen Parham - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:28-30.
    Philosophers are friends and creators of concepts. This was certainly the view of the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. As they say in their book What Is Philosophy?, “Philosophy is the discipline that involves creating concepts”. Certainly, no other discipline could have created concepts such as ‘tabula rasa’, ‘language games’ or ‘qualia’, but surely other disciplines have their own concepts? Well, according to Deleuze and Guattari, they do in the sense that they have concepts within a frame of (...)
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  15. Interview: Martin Savransky.Thiago Pinho - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:44-47.
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    Reason & Emotion.James Robinson - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:34-35.
    The heart and the mind, that is, emotion and reason, are often said to be in opposition. This is not so! This article aims to enhance our consciousness of the connection between the two.
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  17. The Promise of Artificial Intelligence by Brian Cantwell Smith. [REVIEW]Joshua Schrier - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:54-55.
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  18. What is Philosophy For? By Mary Midgley. [REVIEW]John Shand - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:52-53.
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    Tallis in Wonderland: Laws of Nature.Raymond Tallis - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:60-61.
    A little while back I touched on the ‘laws of nature’ in the course of a defence of free will. I argued that if we were entirely subject to such laws, then neither the experimental science by which they were discovered nor our capacity to exploit them through technology would be possible. Our undeniable ability to manipulate states of matter inside scientific laboratories in pursuit of knowledge of its general properties, and to apply that knowledge outside of the laboratories in (...)
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  20. A Stoic Approach to Racism.Frank Thermitus - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:14-16.
    Rather than imagining an ideal world, Stoics try to manage their emotions in order to deal with the world as it is. With this in mind, Stoicism would suggest that people of color should begin each day by reminding themselves, “I will face racism, I will be stereotyped, I will be racially profiled, I will face racial discrimination, and people will be culturally or racially insensitive.”.
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  21. Is Election Meddling an Act of War?Elad Uzan - 2021 - Philosophy Now 144:18-21.
    In response to foreign interference in elections, warlike language is understandable. As a hostile violation of sovereignty, election meddling fits one technical description of an invasion. However, just war theory, the most influential source of objective guidance for the ethical prosecution of wars, and the philosophical heart of international law concerning war, offers a sobering rejoinder. The theory suggests that, while election meddling is in fact a belligerent act, no actual use of military force could ever be ethically justified as (...)
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    The Limits of Argument.Howard Darmstadter - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:8-11.
    Rational argument doesn't often change minds. I explore the reasons why the usual processes of argument seldom convince people on the other side.
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    Philosophy Friends! By Francisco Mejia Uribe. [REVIEW]Mark Zelcer & Max Zelcer - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:46-47.
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    Philosophy Then: The Missing Link.Peter Adamson - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:27-27.
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    Top Tips for Truth.Michael Baumann - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:23-23.
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    I Don’T Believe It!Dene Bebbington - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:16-18.
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    How to Look at Facebook.Devon Bombassei - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:40-40.
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    Why We Are in Need of Tails by Maria daVenza Tillmanns. [REVIEW]Sergey Borisov - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:44-45.
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    Story: The Real Thing.Raul Casso - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:64-66.
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    Brief Lives: Plato.William Dante Deacon - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:50-54.
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    Film: Cuties.Majalli Fatah - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:48-49.
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    Criticising Science.Martin Kusch & Alexander Reutlinger - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:12-15.
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    Interview: Stefan Sorgner.Roberto Manzocco - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:55-57.
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    Street Philosopher: Floating Over Fallowfield.Seán Moran - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:58-59.
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    The View From Somewhere Else.Andy Owen - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:28-29.
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    Escaping Scepticism with Hegel & Heidegger.Benedict O’Connell - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:20-22.
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    Anxious Idleness.Jacob Snyder - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:30-34.
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    The Limits of Computation.Apostolos Syropoulos - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:24-26.
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    Tallis in Wonderland: Perception & Reality.Raymond Tallis - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:62-63.
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    Further Animal Liberation.John Tamilio - 2021 - Philosophy Now 142:35-39.
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