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Issue 62: Fail Again, Fail BetterArrow Head

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Are We Doomed to Fail?

Our modern idea of failure is a return to the Calvinist notion of the predestined reprobate

Costica Bradatan

Why Schools Must Give Up the Myth of Success

Education should surrender its grand utopian projects and instead teach us how to survive.

Aislinn O'Donnell

Does Pessimism Have a Future?

Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Cioran and the Buddha on drawing comfort from despair

Eugene Thacker
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What Michelangelo’s David Can Teach Us About Radical Politics

Marx vs Adorno on demanding the impossible without being a political failure

Enzo Rossi
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Issue 61: The Return of the RitualArrow Head

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Lost Ceremonies

As life becomes ever more digital, could rituals help restore our relationship with the world around us?

Alison Milbank

To Gift or Not to Gift? A Philosopher's Christmas Dilemma

Rather than caving in to consumerism, give your loved ones the most priceless gift: your attention

Skye C. Cleary
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Subversive Rituals – How I Become A Drag Queen

The LGBTQ+ community has been denied access to rituals so they created their own.

Domenick Scudera

Christmas - the Orgy of Stuff

We like our Christmas heavy on consumption, and light on religion. How did we get here and what should we do about it?

Scott Lowe
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Could ritual spaces encourage collaboration over domination?

How do our modern day rituals transform the spaces we inhabit?

Sigurd Bergmann
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Issue 60: AuthenticityArrow Head

Kate Kirkpatrick Authentic Love

What is authentic love? A View from Simone de Beauvoir

Being independent and equal in love

Kate Kirkpatrick
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Travels with Heidegger

The search for the 'real' spurs us to travel. But can authenticity really be attained far from home?

Robert Shepherd

Authenticity, Alienation and Privilege

Marx argued that capitalism inevitably alienates workers. But do the privileged experience alienation differently?

Enzo Rossi

Authenticity and Modernity

How can we account for the contradictory and elusive nature of authenticity?

Andrew Bowie

Can plastic surgery make you more authentic?

Women with cosmetic surgery are not deluded victims but autonomous beings.

Luna Dolezal
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Issue 59: GravityArrow Head

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Issue 59: Gravity

What makes gravity so elusive?

Gravity: The Story So Far

Gravity is a force familiar to all of us. But what happens when we try to explain it?

George Ellis
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Is Space-Time Fluid?

Physicists have gathered evidence that space-time can behave like a fluid. Is space not as immaterial as we thought?

Sabine Hossenfelder
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Gravity: The Popper Problem

Cosmologists have long held up Einstein's theory of gravity as an essential element of their standard model. But what if it fails the criteria for a solid scientific theory?

David Merritt

Newton's Leap

How did a young man in the 17th century decipher a mystery where others were unable to?

Andrew Janiak
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