From Bookforum's Omnivore blog, another collection of philosophy links to drag us down the rabbit hole. Included is a review of Mary Midgley's Are You an Illusion? and an article on Midgley's efforts to defend human consciousness against the likes of Richard Dawkins.
There is also a good interview with John Searle, one of the current elder statesmen of philosophy and consciousness.
- Achille C. Varzi (Columbia): The Magic of Holes.
- Jeremy Wisnewski (Hartwick): The Misgivings of a Pop Culture Enthusiast: On the Intersection of Philosophy and Entertainment.
- From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Public Philosophy, including Greg Littmann (Southern Illinois): Writing Philosophy for the Public is a Moral Obligation; and Matt Chick (WUSTL) and Matthew LaVine (Buffalo): The Relevance of Analytic Philosophy to Personal, Public, and Democratic Life.
- Postmodern philosophy and truth on the go: Tim Crane reviews Truth: Philosophy in Transit by John D. Caputo.
- Stephen Cave reviews Are You an Illusion? by Mary Midgley.
- Andrew Anthony on Mary Midgley: A late stand for a philosopher with soul.
- Zan Boag interviews John Searle: “It upsets me when I read the nonsense written by my contemporaries”.
- Is philosophy stupid? Richard Carrier investigates.
- Playing with Plato: Philosophers eager to write for popular audiences are finding readers who want answers science can’t offer.
- Why study philosophy? Hope Reese interviews Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex (and more and more and more and more).
- Carolyn Gregoire on the unexpected way philosophy majors are changing the world of business.
- The introduction to The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics by Gabriel Abend.
- Helen Douglas on philosophical counseling as a practice of emancipation.
- From Existential Comics, a look at the publication of Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophers; and how the Germans play monopoly.