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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
Ideas for Life

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
Ideas for Life

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
Ideas for Life

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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Issue 58: Don't Be EvilArrow Head

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The Networks of Control

When the keys to the online market are in the hands of the powerful few, is virtual competition truly open to all?

Maurice E. Stucke

When the Winner Takes All

The fear that rapidly growing companies become malevolent monopolies is wide-spread. But are such concerns justified?

Shadow of the Golem in Silicon Valley

Is the promise of the merging of man and machine to create a better world a dangerously enthralling myth?

Vincent Mosco

The Memory Monopoly

In an age of digital footprints but diminishing attention spans, who decides what we remember?

Taha Yasseri

Trust, Technology and The Young

Digital giants have nearly unlimited access to our private data. What happens to society’s youngest and most vulnerable?

Huw Davies
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Issue 57: Knowing Others and Knowing Our SelvesArrow Head

Editorial other minds

Issue 57: Knowing Others and Knowing Our Selves

Are our minds and the minds of others ultimately unknowable?


The Minds of Strangers

The problem of other minds continues to stump philosophers. Can we ever know the experience of others?

Anita Avramides

The Secrets of Experience

It seems impossible truly to know someone's mind. But are we making it all too complicated?

John Heil

Smoke and Mirror Neurons

Neuroscience boasts proof of human empathy. Have we jumped to the wrong conclusion?

Parashkev Nachev

Cyberspace and the Self

As the gap between the real and virtual collapses, should we judge others by who they are online?

Patrick Stokes
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