Philosophy In The News, Weekly: October 8 to 14, 2018

The best of the philosophical internet from Quartzy, The New Republic, big think, The New York Times, TIME, 3:AM Magazine, The Economist, spiked, Waco Tribune, The Guardian, Varsity and WBUR.

  • Mike Schur, creator of the TV series The Good Place, leans on Todd May, author of Death (The Art of Living), to grapple with what death means to people in the afterlife. | Quartzy
  • The new season of The Good Place shows us that living a good life is pretty frickin’ hard. | The New Republic
  • “While other dystopias get more press, Brave New World offers us a nightmare world that we’ve moved steadily towards over the last century.” Scotty Hendricks on why Aldous Huxley got it right.| big think
  • “Even with our accumulated knowledge, there’s always another link in the causal chain, another first cause in need of a mover, another egg in need of a chicken.” Kevin Dickinson takes the chicken-and-egg problem to a cosmic level. | big think
  • “Leadership without an inner moral compass reliably pointing toward justice inevitably ends in the abuse of power.”  Paul Bloomfield on the real meaning of justice. | The New York Times
  • “How to Be a Friend—or in Latin De Amicitia—is arguably the best book ever written on the subject.” Republished for the 21st century, Cicero’s timeless advice about friendship is as timely as ever. | TIME
  • “Hegel thought that good was life in a certain social form of life, ethical life or Sittlichkeit, and he thought he knew the right aspects of such a form.” An interview with Robert Pippin on Kant, Hegel, Idealism, Nietzsche, modernism and Hitchcock. | 3:AM Magazine
  • Rousseau thinks evil enters the world by your hand and mine, and other insights from an interview with philosopher Fred Neuhouser.| 3:AM Magazine
  • “Amid the sooty London fog of the mid-1800s, John Stuart Mill was a rare feminist.” How Mill’s wife, Harriet, influenced the British philosopher’s outlook and most celebrated works. | The Economist
  • “But the language of intersectionality and, in particular, its crude organising of people into fixed groups, is actually at odds with postmodernism” Candice Holdsworth thinks postmodernists are more like libertarians than identity-politics warriors.| spiked
  • “[T]he whole point of philosophy is to think hard about matters that matter. And what matters most is how to live one’s life. Philosophy is, then, thinking hard about how to live life.” Robert Baird defends the examined life. | Waco Tribune
  • Brigid Delaney gets a lesson on life and how to deal with a hangover from the Stoics. | The Guardian
  • “[D]evelop a philosophy, a way of being in the world, that allows you to recognise when someone else has something that you want but don’t have, and also to recognise that you can survive without it.” Moya Sarner on how to live in our age of envy. | The Guardian
  •  “[T]he Finn relies not on lagom or hygge but kalsarikänni, a term that literally means ‘drinking at home, alone, in your underwear.'” Miska Rantanen on the benefits of being underpants-drunk. | The Guardian
  • “We need to be adding not social sciences of the past, but something related to humanity and how to think about the effects of technology on humanitywhich is partly sociology, partly anthropology, partly psychology, partly philosophy, partly ethics,” Mitchell Baker, the head of Mozilla Foundation, tells the Guardian.| The Guardian. | The Guardian
  • “Life might be devoid of purpose; existence might be painhowever, what the main characters from The Good Place show us is that meaning can be found.” Michele Sanguanini on philosophical TV. | Varsity
  • “Israel has broken into warring tribes, and the current discourse is ‘less an exchange of ideas than an affirmation of identities.'” Philosopher Micah Goodman on the potential of big and little ideas to unsettle ideological rigidity. | Tablet
  • John Kaag discusses how hiking with Nietzsche was the philosophical journey that led him to become who he is. | WBUR

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