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Philosophy is what you study if you want to be unpopular.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. Socrates, perhaps the first great public philosopher, annoyed the great and good of ancient Athens to such a degree, they had him executed. It turns out that people rarely appreciate it when you break…

‘Dante and Virgil in Hell’ By William-Adolphe Bouguereau — Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=118662

In January 2019, a family in southern Spain was subject to a nightmare scenario. During a family walk near Malaga, two-year-old Julen Rosseló fell 71 meters down a 25cm-wide borehole. He didn’t survive, and it took thirteen days for rescuers to recover his body. …

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I remember sitting in my grandfather’s car a few years ago in a gray car park. I was in the second year of my undergraduate philosophy degree, and we were discussing careers. As an engineer and a thoroughly practical man, he wasn’t convinced of the merits of my degree choice.

Carl Sagan stands beside a lunar lander craft in an orange jacket and beige slacks.
By JPL — https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_599.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=498811

What do you say to people whose beliefs fly the face of overwhelming evidence? Last week, Washington D.C erupted into violence as mobs of violent Trump supporters stormed the seat of the American government.

Ostensibly they did this because they believe the 2020 Presidential election was stolen.

On January 2nd…

OPEN LETTERS

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Dear America,

The debate around gun violence has been raging in the US for as long as I can remember and it seems like there’s more chance of Ben Shapiro winning RuPaul’s Drag Race than liberals and conservatives reaching an effective solution.

I want to change that. I’m offering a…

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Holding gender-critical views — for instance, that biological sex is immutable and unable to change — has just been protected by a UK court as a ‘philosophical belief’ under the Equalities Act 2010.

For supporters of transgender rights, the case of Forstater v CGD Europe is a dangerous, absurd decision…

Clowns to the left, jokers to the right…

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Apparently, Elon Musk isn’t such a great guy. Such is the conclusion reached by hacking face-mask enthusiasts, Anonymous, who posted a threatening, anti-Musk diatribe on YouTube.

Or have they? A number of Anonymous-affiliated Twitter accounts quickly disassociated themselves from the video (see…

Gem Jackson

Writer and educator in law and philosophy. Also wrote a book.

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