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New Philosopher Issue 25 - No.3/2019

New Philosopher is for curious people seeking solutions to the fundamental problems faced by humankind. New Philosopher is devoted to exploring philosophical ideas from past and present thinkers on ways to live a more fulfilling life, and to seek to find solutions to the most pressing problems faced by humans in contemporary society.

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“Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life, Cuts off so many years of fearing death.”William Shakespeare Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers believed that we had no reason to fear death. Socrates viewed it as a dreamless sleep, while Lucretius saw no difference between two stretches of non-existence: the time before we were born and the eternity after we die. He thought we should fear both equally; that is, not at all. Yet Shakespeare understood the human condition much better: we most certainly do fear death. Most humans are terrified of the prospect of existing no more, of taking that one final breath. Our fear of death is the ultimate fear of missing out – on all the events, the people, the progress, the battles. When we die, the world will not…

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Editor Zan Boag Editorial Director Antonia Case Art Directors Carlos Egan, Aida Novoa Cover Design Genís Carreras Editor-at-large Nigel Warburton Contributors Mariana Alessandri, Matthew Beard, Marina Benjamin, Sue Black, Klaus Bo, Oliver Burkeman, Antonia Case, Tom Chatfield, Leona Hannah Cohen, Tim Dean, Tiffany Jenkins, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, Warwick Smith, Patrick Stokes, Nigel Warburton, Warren Ward Illustrators / Artists Genís Carreras, Carlos Egan, Yeiyei Gómez, Russel Herneman, Corey Mohler, Aida Novoa, Fabio Paolucci Photographers Klaus Bo, Dick Elbers, Ashley Van Haeften, Fritz Luckhardt, Ole Tobias Olsen, Library of Congress, Wellcome Trust Administration Marnie Anderson, Claudio Faerman Poet store Jessica Davies, Prudence Hardcastle, Jack Suridge…

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online at is an online portal for exploring philosophical ideas on ways to live a more fulfilling life. Read the articles, join in discussions, watch free online documentaries and plan your trip to the next festival near you. False media balance In March 2018, a man named Mike Hughes climbed into a homemade, steam-powered rocket, and launched himself 700 metres above the Mojave Desert floor. Goldilocks day There’s nothing more democratic than time. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates and the Dalai Lama, Usain Bolt and Serena Williams all have exactly 1,440 minutes in their day. New Philosopher online store Visit the online store for previous issues of New Philosopher magazine, subscriptions as well as gift ideas. Being mortal Premature death is a tragedy, but I don’t think death at the end of a normal human life span…

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Sue Black Professor Dame Sue Black is a leading anatomist and forensic anthropologist, and is currently the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University. Black was the lead forensic anthropologist for the UK response to war crimes investigations in Kosovo and has also served in Sierra Leone, Grenada, and Iraq, and in Thailand following the Asian tsunami. She is the author of the bestselling book All That Remains and was awarded a DBE in 2016 for her services to education and forensic anthropology. Mariana Alessandri Mariana Alessandri is Assistant Professor of Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, and Spanish-language Philosophy at UTRGV. She has written for The New York Times, Philosophy Today, Womankind magazine, Times Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, and many academic journals. Her teaching interests include Existentialism and Mexican-American Philosophy. Tim Dean Tim…

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death therapy

For most of us, for most of the time, we keep it well out of view. We keep death veiled, barely mentioned as a motivator in the daily walks, the frequent medical check-ups, the incessant checking that loved ones are safe. But when death takes away someone we love, we are usually caught unawares. How have we been so carefree and foolish? At the same time, how we long to return to that naïve and carefree state. In 18th century Europe, the death mask was a mould taken from the face of a dead person. As the body cooled, so close to life, yet not, rapid hands covered the face in wax or plaster; the death mask was to capture the final expression forever more. Death masks were used in funerary…

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fear of non-existence

In his philosophical poem The Nature of Things, the Roman philosopher Lucretius came up with a simple but ingenious argument to overcome our fear of death. It goes like this: when we die, we cease to exist. Most of us fear that non-existence very much. Yet every single one of us has not-existed before, in the time before we were born. Nobody, it seems, is frightened, or even upset, by the thought that they once did not exist. So if we’re not troubled by the fact we didn’t exist in the past, why are we so frightened by the fact that we won’t exist in the future? Nonexistence is non-existence, whenever it happens. We’re clearly, according to Lucretius, being irrational. Either we should start freaking out about the fact we weren’t…