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New Philosopher Issue 26 - No.4/2019

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

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“Everything’s destiny is to change, to be transformed, to perish. So that new things can be born.” Marcus Aurelius Fairy tales and myths are replete with stories of change, be it person to stone, rags to riches, a prince to a frog, or everything to gold. While there are certainly plenty of other messages contained in these myths, the story that change is inevitable, though often unexpected, is a constant one. Ancient philosophers tell a similar tale: Ovid warns that “all things change”, Aurelius that “everything’s destiny is to change”, Heraclitus that “all is flux, nothing stays still”. We, the children of the technological age, hardly need reminding of this fact. For us, life is change: new ways of being, new ideas, new people, and new gadgets abound. We expect, and even embrace,…

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online at newphilosopher.com

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. A good death What makes a good death? Is it euthanasia, the option to choose the when and the how? Is it dying in your sleep? Is it dying with time to spare? Doing away with death There are now people who refer to themselves as ‘longevity entrepreneurs’, who see death not as a problem but rather as something to be eliminated. New Philosopher online store Visit the online store for previous issues of New Philosopher magazine, digital + print subscriptions, as well as gift ideas. The dizziness of freedom For Cope, nomadic life offered a glimpse into the nature of…

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L.A. Paul L.A. Paul is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Yale University. She is the author of Transformative Experience and Causation: A User’s Guide, which won the American Philosophical Association’s Sanders Book Prize in 2014. Paul’s main research interests are in metaphysics, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind, and in her work she explores questions about the nature of the self, decision-making, temporal experience, time, and perception. 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 Dean holds a doctorate in philosophy in evolution and morality from the…

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some things never change

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” –Alphonse Karr Self-help manuals contain endless pages on personal progression. It seems that we humans are most happy when we’re moving ahead, achieving things, getting on with it. There’s that thrill of delight when a child takes her first step, and that joyful squeal is peppered throughout a human lifespan: the first job or promotion; finding that perfect partner; buying a car; or the memorable day when Sultans of Swing is mastered on the guitar. This sense of happy ‘progress’ is mirrored in our society, and we’re just thrilled with the changes. Women today can vote, whereas they couldn’t just over a hundred years ago; today a bout of bacterial meningitis is treatable whereas 90 per cent of children died from the disease half…

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creative obliteration

The American poet Alice Notley once wrote: I want to shriek atany identitythis culture gives me claw it topieces; has nothing todo with me ormy baby and never will,has never perceived ahuman being.[…]he is born and I am undone — feel as ifI willnever be, was never born Two years later I obliterate myself againhaving another child How do you prepare yourself for the obliterating change of becoming a parent? Birth classes and antenatal appointments help prepare for some of the physical and medical challenges of giving birth and caring for an infant. There’s also no shortage of online and paper resources about parenting: if you are so inclined, you could spend the nine months of gestation reading about everything from sleep routines to the emotional needs of toddlers. Yet as useful as all…

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cambridge changes

The President of the United States goes to the dentist and has a tooth removed. At that moment, he has been changed. A moment ago he had the standard adult complement of thirty-two teeth; now he has thirty-one. It’s a small change, but, nonetheless, a real one. But at that exact moment, in Buckingham Palace, the Queen has also been changed. She now has one more tooth than the US President has, which she previously did not. It seems much harder to call this a real change: after all, the Queen has (let’s assume) the same thirty-two teeth she’s had her whole adult life. Meanwhile, Confucius, who died in 479 BCE, has also undergone a change: the tooth-pulling makes it true that Confucius lived in a world in which one more tooth…