ZINIO logo

New Philosopher November 2018

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.

Read More
United States
The Bull Media Company
R 217,13
R 651,39
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” Jean de La Bruyère Philosophers from Seneca to de La Bruyère have written on the brevity of our lives, exhorting us to use our time wisely – to guard it as we would a precious possession. Unlike possessions, however, time is irreplaceable. It’s not something we can work hard for, stumble across, inherit, borrow, or steal. It simply passes, or, as Steve Miller sang, it “keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future”. We hardly need reminding that our time is limited. Yet despite this knowledge, we often senselessly waste it or simply wish it away, distracting ourselves so completely that we lose all sense of the passing hours. It need not be this way. As…

1 min
online at newphilosopher.com

Political power A Machiavellian person – the kind of person who devises and carries out Machiavellian plans – is clever and scheming in deeply unethical ways. newphilosopher.com/articles/political-power/ How power corrupts I think this sort of shifting of your personal preference into what’s right and wrong is one way in which power corrupts. newphilosopher.com/articles/how-power-corrupts/ 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/ Power to the people? The notion of the will of the people makes sense when the people agree, but what happens when there is disagreement? newphilosopher.com/articles/power-to-the-people/ 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 mag. Open to NP subscribers, award XXII entries close 28 February 2019 Up…

6 min

Carlo Rovelli Carlo Rovelli is Professor of Physics at Aix-Marseille University and the author of eight books, including The Order of Time, Seven Brief Lessons On Physics, What is Time? What is Space?, and Reality Is Not What It Seems. He is Chief Editor of Foundations of Physics and is on the Advisory Panel of Nature. Rovelli has received numerous awards, including the Merk-Serono Prize, Rosignano Science Prize, Galileo Prize, Larderello Prize, Alassio Prize, and the Triennial International Prize in Relativity. Marina Benjamin Marina Benjamin is the former arts editor of the New Statesman and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard. A memoirist best known for The Middlepause, which offered a poetic and philosophical take on midlife, her new memoir Insomnia is forthcoming. Benjamin is a Senior Editor at Aeon magazine, a…

7 min
the right time

Time is the most used noun in the English language, reflecting the extent to which it’s on our minds. Sometimes we’re ahead of time, but more often than not we’re pressed for time, or worse still plain out of time. We set ourselves deadlines to guarantee that we get things done on time and we hurry through a long trip to make good time. All this rushing and clock-watching can make it feel as if life is on borrowed time; and in a way, it’s true: we are. As the Earth rotates on its axis, and the Sun crosses the sky, a shadow is cast down upon us. A device that has been used for thousands of years to measure this shadow is the sundial. A thin rod projects the shadow…

2 min
history of time-keeping

1300 BCE: In 2013, the oldest known sundial was discovered in Egypt, in the Valley of the Kings. It has been dated to the thirteenth century BCE. 430 BCE: Some of the first timekeeping devices that didn’t use the Sun to calculate time were water clocks or clepsydras (Greek for “water-thieves”). Aristotle and Aristophanes both suggest that water clocks were in common usage in law courts around 430 BCE, used as timer to prevent trials and speeches from going on for too long. 1092: In China, Su Sung and his team built the first water-powered mechanical clock. It stood 40 foot high and not only told the time of day, but also the date, month and a host of other displays. Having taken eight years to design and build, it has been considered the greatest…

6 min
the thieves of time

One Friday in April 2016, as the American presidential race intensified, more than three million people watched two reporters wrap rubber bands around a watermelon. At the height of the 45-minute live broadcast on social media, 800,000 people were watching simultaneously as the pressure – both the psychological kind, and the physical pressure on the watermelon – ramped up. (Others watched the recorded version later.) After some 686 rubber bands, something unsurprising happened: the watermelon exploded, messily. The reporters highfived, and ate some watermelon. The broadcast ended. The world continued its orbit around the Sun. The watermelon broadcast wasn’t culturally momentous in itself; indeed, looking at the internet today – with its Russian election interference, abusive trolling, fake news, and neo-Nazis – it feels like a throwback to a more benign…