The Stand and the State of Nature

The Stand and the State of Nature by M. Blake Wilson When COVID-19––the pandemic itself but also the unprecedented social and political responses to it––hit the United States in March, 2020, savvy booksellers might have predicted that old books about plagues would start creeping back up the charts. After all, George Orwell’s 1984 was #1…

Tove Jansson’s Moomins: Just Stories?

Tove Jansson’s Moomins: Just Stories? Peter West In this short discussion of the Moomins and philosophy, I want to do two things. First, I want to point out some obvious instances of philosophy at work in the Moomins. Second, I want to suggest that the way Tove Jansson treats the relation between fiction and reality…

Time Travel and Causal Loops in Dark

Time Travel and Causal Loops in Dark Taylor W. Cyr ***This post contains spoilers for the first season of Dark.***   If you have heard anything about the German Netflix series Dark, you probably know that time travel plays an important role in the story. Over the course of the show’s three seasons, Dark tells…

The Ethics of Survivor

The Ethics of Survivor “It’s Just a Game” By Justin Kitchen This spring premiered yet another season (the 40th) of the CBS show Survivor. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s how an average game plays out: A number of people (usually 20) from different backgrounds are ‘stranded’ in a remote location—often on an island chain…

Extended Call for The Expanse and Philosophy

Extended Call for Abstracts The Expanse and Philosophy Edited by Jeffery Nicholas With a foreword by the creator, James S.A. Corey New Due Date May 5, 2020  We are particularly interested in submissions dealing with Naomi or Amos.   Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors…