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New Philosopher Issue 23 - No.1/2019

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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in this issue

1 min
being human

“In proportion as I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.” VICTOR HUGO For many human beings, being human is glorious/awful. Whether it’s due to peace/war,plenty/famine, wealth/poverty, equality/inequality, freedom/oppression, safety/violence,health/illness, or happiness/sadness, being a human being can be edifying and uplifting/ complicated and confusing. In the end, our lives will comprise an amalgam of positives and negatives, highs and lows, skips and trips. Much will be shaped by luck, be it genetic or geographic (as Bertrand Russell quipped, “choose your parents wisely”), but no life will follow an uninterrupted trajectory upwards, simply tracking one new high after another. We will all experience pleasure; we will all suffer pain. However, what makes us fully human is the ability, and the willingness, to walk a mile…

1 min
online at

newphilosopher.com 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 a trip to the next festival near you. How much time? Philosophers have often told us that it is the brevity of life that gives it meaning, because if it just went on and on we wouldn’t have much reason to do anything at all. The mystery of time Time passes at different speeds psychologically for us, that’s a fact. But the idea that clock time is the same for everybody is false. New Philosopher online store Visit the online store to purchase previous editions of New Philosopher magazine, subscriptions, and other gift ideas. Do you really exist online? There’s a cartoon you’ve probably seen before: two dogs are…

6 min

Martha Nussbaum Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of over 20 books, including Anger and Forgiveness and The Monarchy of Fear, and has explored topics including Greek and Roman philosophy, political theory, feminism, literature, and animal rights. Nussbaum has 62 honorary degrees and is the winner of the 2018 Berggruen Prize, the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Philosophy, and the 2012 Prince of Asturias Awards for Social Sciences. Sherry Turkle Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. Her research focuses on psychoanalysis and human-technology interaction.Turkle is the author of several critically-acclaimed books, including Life on the Screen, Reclaiming Conversation, and Alone Together. She is the recipient of a…

2 min
caught in the web

At a tech forum in Moscow back in 2013, Peter Diamandis, a lead player in just about everything ‘tech’ – life extension, space exploration, Singularity University in Silicon Valley – discussed the innovations that will drive human behaviour in the coming decades. “We’re moving towards a world of seven billion hyper-connected humans, and we can plug in to it,” commented Diamandis. But more than just ‘connecting’ humans to each other, he went on to say that emerging technologies are, “evolving what humanity is,” adding: “We’re reinventing what it means to be human.” Six years on, it’s impossible to deny the swift changes brought about by ‘hyper-connectivity’. Humans today clutch smartphones like joysticks. They’re eternal players in the internet game, finding friends and fighting enemies; building profiles across myriad platforms. Meanwhile big…

2 min
the anthropocene

One way of looking at technology over the last century is to see a story of unalloyed, whirlwind progress, rapidly fulfilling some of humankind’s longest standing and most deeply held desires. Those desires include longevity (or even immortality, depending on who you believe) through advanced medicine, mastery over life itself through genetic modification, and omniscience through the creation of artificial intelligence. Our technological progress is such that we have gone from relatively insignificant inhabitants to the harbingers of a new geological age: the Anthropocene. But the price of this new-found planetary significance may well be the future of life as we know it. There’s no doubting the facts: 97 per cent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that the climate is warming due to human activities. And if that warming isn’t…

1 min
ancestral debt

“People are living longer and I need to keep busy.” “My doings are ruled by what I am and are in harmony with how I was made. I cannot do better: and the act of repenting does not properly touch such things as are not within our power – that is touched by regretting. I can imagine countless natures more sublime and better ruled than my own: by doing that I do not emend my own capacities, any more than my arm or my intelligence become more strong because I can imagine others which are.” –Michel de Montaigne The Classic of Filial Piety, a Confucian treatise, depicts a dialogue between Confucius and his disciple Tseng-tzu about the meaning and application of filial piety. In it, Confucius notes the importance not only…