It’s been a while! I’m backdating a few Simon & Finn’s from way back in November. The following cartoon accompanied the print article on “Embracing Imperfection: Plato and Nussbaum on Love” (Lillian Wilde, Issue 122 Philosophy Now).
To read the article, please visit: https://philosophynow.org/issues/122/Embracing_Imperfection_Plato_vs_Nussbaum_On_Love
The following accompanied the print article of “What are Human Rights” by Tim Dare (Issue #118, Philosophy Now). The piece discusses how far human rights claims can stretch as an outcome of social axioms & varied definitions, for example whether we consider rights as “right-based claims” or rights that exist simply by virtue of being human. It’s more complicated than one would think…
Article penned by Tim Dare, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
The following accompanied the print article of “Philosophy for the Brave” by Dahlian Kirby (Issue #117, Philosophy Now). The author of this article introduces the benefit of existential counselling in what turns out to be quite a sensitively written piece. Article and cartoon link below.
Online cartoon: https://philosophynow.org/issues/117/Simon_and_Finn
The following accompanied the print version of: What would George Bataille Do? by Alexandra Tzirkoti (Issue #116, Philosophy Now). The article itself is a nice tongue-in-cheek intro to the thinking of a rather controversial figure (link below).https://philosophynow.org/issues/116/What_Would_Georges_Bataille_Do
The following cartoon accompanied the print version of Stephen Brewer’s article “The Conspiracy of Theories” (Issue 114, Philosophy Now). The piece “stealthily records a dialogue in which Freya argues that conspiracy theories are illogical, but Orin is not so sure”, proving that even the wildest of conspiracy theories can be reasonable so long as their principle axioms are consistent. Who knew!
Read more at: https://philosophynow.org/issues/114/The_Conspiracy_of_Theories
The following cartoon accompanied the print version of Robin Small’s piece on philosophy annnd – wait for it – cocktails! (“Philosophy & Cocktails” Issue 113 of Philosophy Now). In this delightful article the author explores the equally valid contribution cocktails have made to late night philosophical discussion, traditionally considered the primary purview of wine. For some easy reading on the subject, take a look at HuffPost’s New York Cocktail Philosophy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/skye-cleary/new-york-cocktail-philoso_b_7827076.html
Hello! The following cartoon accompanied the print version of Daniel Tippen’s article: “Why Self-Interest Makes Relationships Valuable” (Issue 112 of Philosophy Now). In this article the author discusses the nature of friendship and its relationship to altruism. As altruism can take many forms, in this case it is argued that it is only genuine altruism that is the basis for true friendship.
The following cartoon accompanied the print version of The Free Will of Ebenezer Scrooge, by Richard Kamber (Philosophy Now, Issue 111).
The article, which delves into arguments relating to determinism and free will, is available here and the cartoon is loosely based on a very bad morning indeed. 🙂
I’ve been reading an interesting book “Art and Spiritual Transformation” by Finley Eversole. Amongst other thought-provoking chapters, he has one dedicated to the underlying symbolism of the labyrinth. For example, did you know the distinction between mazes and labyrinths? As follows:
Maze: A series of underground tunnels and passages with intersecting paths that wander chaotically, winding back on themselves or terminating in dead ends.
Labyrinth: Seven circuits of one path which lead eventually – and only – to the centre.
Eversole goes on to discuss how the general ‘lost’ feeling of life is akin to wandering within a maze, however when one begins to focus on spiritual transformation this maze sublimates into a labyrinth. Of course, at the centre of the labyrinth who does one find but the Minotaur. The Minotaur is said to be representative of our animal nature; a creature in which the beast rules the intellect. This is indicated by the bull head atop a human form.
To be able to escape the labyrinth, therefore, it is said that we must defeat the Minotaur and thus symbolically defeat our animal nature. Only when the Minotaur is vanquished can we find our way from out the Labyrinth by following Ariadne’s silver thread. The silver thread is allegorical for our spiritual nature, always apart and yet nearby, should we choose to pursue it…