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The next issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine features Julian Baggini on freedom, thoughts about Charlie Hebdo and free speech, how to face death, the ethics of head transplantation, the politics of nuclear power and a consideration of ideal politics and House of Cards -- plus the usual mix of columns, essays, news and book and film reviews.

We've also asked a number of philosophers to tell us about their experience of teaching philosophy, and what it reveals about both the subject and the way its study can change lives.

There's the thought that philosophy ought to go beyond critical thinking and help us think about building a better world. One philosopher argues that marking students is itself unphilosophical. There’s a piece about trust, education as a business, and the teacher-student relationship that’s actually very funny. There's reflection on "philosophical emergencies": the way studying philosophy can transform us, and how we ought to think about it. There's discussion of the difference between doing and studying philosophy, and questions about how philosophy changes our dispositions.


The Philosophers’ Magazine (TPM) is devoted to publishing philosophy that’s clear, enlightening, thought-provoking and even entertaining. The contributors are professional philosophers, many of international standing, who take care to make themselves understood. TPM is edited by the philosopher and writer, James Garvey.

Our recent contributors include Simon Blackburn, Mary Midgley, Peter Unger, David Benatar, Ernest Lepore, Havi Carel, Holmes Rolston III, Nicholas Rescher, Annette Baier, Brad Hooker, Ernest Sosa, Duncan Pritchard, Sarah Bakewell, Stephen Stich, Jennifer Saul, Paul Snowdon, Michael Ruse, Simon Critchley, Barry Stroud, Jonathan Ree, David Papineau, Helen Beebee, and Ray Monk. We have published interviews with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ronald Dworkin, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Hacker, Kit Fine, Elliott Sober, Frank Jackson, Patricia Churchland, Richard Sorabji, Christine Korsgaard, David Chalmers and Rae Langton.

Each issue features a themed forum, with several philosophers weighing in on such things as embodied cognition, experimental philosophy, Chinese philosophy, moral luck, the meaning of life, religion and human enhancement. There’s also philosophy news, book and film reviews, and features on all things philosophical.

TPM is read by those who want a philosophical perspective on the world and our place in it, who appreciate depth, clarity, and good philosophical writing.

The trial issues include: A forum on Poverty and Duty with an introduction by Alex Voorhoeve, Jonathan Glover being impatient about poverty and contributions by Paul Collier, David Miller and Linda Yueh.

There is a profile of Mylo the rock star who is an ex(?)philosopher and an essay by Richard Shusterman on Fitness and the Body.

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