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New Philosopher November 2017

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.

United States
The Bull Media Company
4 Issues

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1 min

“But lo! men have become the tools of their tools.”Henry David Thoreau In 15th and 16th century Venice, more than a dozen laws were passed to prevent ostentatious and wasteful consumption. One such law dictated that no more than six forks and six spoons could be given as a wedding gift; another outlined in detail what could be served as dessert at banquets (in-season fruit and small pieces of pastry). The theory was that cupidity was the root of all evil, that superfluous spending was a threat to the republic. Fast-forward 500 years and we can give or receive as many forks as we please, and we can serve our guests mangoes from India and mochi from Japan at any time of the year. In the 21st century there are no pesky…

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An antidote to prejudice A sharecropper’s daughter in the American South stood up for a Ku Klux Klan leader and against all odds, they became enduring friends. newphilosopher.com/articles/ an-antidote-to-prejudice/ Fake news The world according to the bullshitter is whatever he wishes it to be. And ‘fake news’ is whatever people he disagrees with are saying. newphilosopher.com/ articles/fake-news/ New Philosopher online store Visit the online store for previous issues of New Philosopher magazine, subscriptions as well as gift ideas. newphilosopher.com/ products-page/magazines/ Laughing in Spanish Growing up I had heard my father laugh, but in Chile I heard something new: something honest, guttural, joyful. newphilosopher.com/articles/ laughing-in-spanish/ New Philosopher Writing Prize Entries are open for the New Philosopher Prize for Philosophical Writing. Enter now to win $1,000 and have your work featured in the magazine. Open to NP subscribers, award XVIII entries close 28 February 2018 Up to…

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DBC Pierre DBC Pierre won the Booker Prize for his debut novel Vernon God Little, which was also awarded the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003 – the first time the two awards had been granted to the same book. Pierre is also the author of Ludmilla’s Broken English, Lights out in Wonderland, a book of short stories, and a novella, Breakfast with the Borgias. He was awarded the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin. 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,…

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forever shopping

We no longer go shopping. Those days are over. This is the conclusion reached by auditor KPMG in its latest survey on the shopping habits of the planet. Fast-changing technology, and streamlined logistics and payments systems, has seen US$1.9 trillion stripped out of traditional shops – local stores, shopping malls, and high street retailers. The 2017 Global Online Consumer Report, which surveyed 18,430 people in 50 countries, noted that “millions of consumers no longer ‘go’ shopping, but literally ‘are’ shopping – at every moment and everywhere.” Armed with mobile devices, today’s shopper is forever browsing, comparing prices, reading reviews, and buying stuff. And this stuff can be purchased online simply by clicking a button, with the item delivered to a home address no matter its size – books, dining tables, fridges, kayaks,…

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news from nowhere

Homo faber Nothing produced by humankind can last forever. Still, according to Hannah Arendt, human products may be divided into two categories, distinguishable by their durability. In the first category are what Arendt calls consumer goods, by which she means those things vital to keeping our bodies alive. The archetypal consumer good in this sense is bread, which is created through labour, and immediately consumed to sustain human life. Both Locke and Marx – normally at opposing ends of the political spectrum – see labour as akin to enslavement. For unlike other human activities, we labour out of what Locke called the “necessity of subsisting”, and what Marx termed the “eternal necessity imposed by nature”. In other words, when all we produce are objects to sustain our bodies, we are little more…

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nothing to wear?

According to Roy Morgan Research, 20 per cent of Australian women buy a new pair of shoes every four weeks, amounting to millions of new shoes in Australian cupboards each year. Eventually these shoes, alongside roughly 300 million shoes discarded globally each year, find their way into landfills where they take, on average, 50 years to decompose. While many podiatrists stress the importance of walking barefoot for muscle and ligament development, especially when it comes to children, the USD$2.3 trillion clothing and footwear industry continues to ramp up shoe manufacturing, recently hitting an annual figure of 23 billion pairs of shoes, which amounts to more than three shoes per person per year. Estimated total global household expenditure on clothing and footwear Spending on clothing and footwear by region “Almost 20% of Australian women buy…