More than a feeling

When people hear the word “stoic” today, they tend to think of a person who shows indifference to pleasure and pain, repressing all feeling. And that seems to fit Watchmen’s Dr Manhattan to a T.…

Paraconsistent logic in The Office

Team leader, health and safety officer, military tactician, survival expert, kung-fu master, corporate detective, and assistant (to the) regional manager, Gareth Keenan is the quintessential Renaissance man. Yet despite the obvious calibre of the Keenan…

All praise the Fonz

According to the title song of Family Guy, Peter is a champion of family values. But anyone who watches the show knows better. Not only does Peter love the “violence in movies and sex on…

Letter to the American Philosophical Association

In 2007 Charles Hermes, then a PhD student in philosophy, wrote a letter to the American Philosophical Association (APA) to register a complaint about institutions that violated the APA’s anti-discrimination policy. He had applied for…

Letter from … South Africa

The present character of the philosophical community in South Africa is to a large extent the result of two historical causes. One is apartheid – the system of racial separation enforced by the National Party…

Letter from … Malta

I once met Woody Allen in Paris. I was a teenager then. He was producing some sketch with a few team-mates at a lonely spot. I could not resist the temptation to go over and…

Thinking for the City

What is the appropriate punishment for murder? “It depends on what type of murder it is,” says a 12-year-old school kid. “You could have murder where you go out and shoot someone or you could…

Who is laughing now?

A New York girl is being led through the swamps of Louisiana by her cousin. “Is it true that an alligator won’t attack you if you carry a flashlight?” asks the city girl. Her cousin…