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New Philosopher Issue 27 - No.1/2020

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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“None but a mule denies his family.” Moroccan proverb Tales of brothers feuding, often ending with one committing fratricide, are unsettlingly common in mythology. Set murdered Osiris, Romulus killed Remus, and Oedipus’s sons Eteocles and Polynices killed each other. More recently, and less imaginatively, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler (of Adidas and Puma fame respectively) and Sterling and Stephen Clark (heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune) turned their backs on one another, over money. For the most part, our own experience of family feuds is much less dramatic: inheritances and fratricide are replaced by bruised egos and petty squabbles. Original reasons for the feud are often forgotten; continued outrage trumps settlement. While there may be no knives or fortunes, no blood or court cases, nonetheless the hostility has a habit of seeping…

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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 your trip to the next festival near you. Magazine of the Decade “We have a winner!” said Stack, “Congratulations to New Philosopher, which wins our ‘Magazine of the Decade’ with a massive 50% of the popular vote.” GAAP New Philosopher is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the Gallery of Art & Philosophy (GAAP), a new breed of gallery that synthesises art and philosophical thinking. New Philosopher online store Visit the online store for previous issues of New Philosopher magazine, subscriptions, digital editions, posters, and other gift ideas. Fifty to know the fate I wanted to do a project based on twins, whose ages were limited to being…

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Maggie Jackson Maggie Jackson is an award-winning social critic and author. Her articles have appeared in publications worldwide,including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Business Week. Jackson won the Media Award from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board and is a graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics. She is the author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. Nigel Warburton Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher, podcaster, writer, and the Editor-at-large of New Philosopher. Described as “one of the most-read popular philosophers of our time”, his books include A Little History of Philosophy, Thinking from A to Z, and Philosophy: The Classics. The interviewer for the Philosophy Bites podcast, which has been downloaded over 20…

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“No mother is ever, completely, a child’s idea of what a mother should be, and I suppose it works the other way around as well. But despite everything, we didn’t do too badly by one another, we did as well as most.”– Margaret Atwood, A Handmaid’s Tale It was the Great Depression, and photographer Dorothea Lange was working with a US agency, taking shots of rural families in poverty. “I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet,” she said. 32-year-old Florence Owens Thompson and her seven children were stationed at Nipomo, California, just off Highway 101. “She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food,” noted Lange about the encounter many years later. But on that fateful day when Lange spotted a…

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respecting your parents

“I suppose that every parent loves his child; but I know, without any supposing, that in a large number of homes the love is hidden behind authority, or its expression is crowded out by daily duties and cares.”Abbott Eliot Kittredge The five centuries of Chinese history leading up to 221 BCE are divided into the ‘Spring and Autumn’ period and the ‘Warring States’ period. They are also known as the era of the ‘Hundred Schools’, a time of remarkable philosophical creativity and energy. Two such competing schools were built on the teachings of Kongzi (551-479 BCE) and Mozi (c.470-c.391 BCE). A key disagreement between these schools was about family. Kongzi and his followers insisted that a requirement for successful life and government was xiào, ‘filial piety’. To act with deference and reverence towards…

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the family who eats together…

What’s the price of a family meal? For many families in the world’s wealthiest countries, the answer seems to be, ‘too much’. In the US, which is often a trendsetter in such things, the majority of families report eating a single meal together fewer than five days a week. In fact, the frequency of shared meals has decreased in American families by 33 per cent over the last twenty years. The meals themselves have shortened too: from an average of 90 minutes to just 12 minutes. So perhaps we’re better off asking, what’s the cost of not eating together? Once again, we could turn to the statistics. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found that 15-year-olds who reported not regularly sharing family meals were twice as likely to be…