Philosophy In The News, Weekly: October 21 to 26, 2018

Scenes from Frankenstein (1910) | The New York Public Library

The best of the philosophical internet from Philosophy Now, NPR, The New York Times, 1000-Word Philosophy, The Independent, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Economist, Quartz, The Arts Desk, Thought Leader, The New Yorker, APA Blog, BBC Ideas, The Guardian and The Partially Examined Life.

Just in time for Halloween! On the philosophical themes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. | Philosophy Now

“He was not born evil. He was made evil by circumstances.” How Rousseau inspired themes that motivate the monster. | Philosophy Now

An interview with Rollins College philosophy professor Eric Smaw about his popular course titled “Zombies, Serial Killers, and Madmen.” | NPR

“Facts remain robust only when they are supported by a common culture, by institutions that can be trusted, by a more or less decent public life, by more or less reliable media.” Bruno Latour, the post-truth philosopher of science, is now an ally of sorts for environmental scientists. | The New York Times

“Sometimes skepticism about experts is justified. But, more often, experts are in better positions than us in knowing what we should think or do, and so skepticism is unwise.” Dr. Jamie Watson thinks we should trust experts like him to tell us what to think and how to act. | 1000-Word Philosophy

“The pug’s lapping at a shadow sadly makes it one of the prisoners trapped in the cave and limited by ignorance – but also the cutest little philosophical metaphor.” Light-hearted pet videos illuminate deep philosophical ideas.| The Independent

“Which task or purpose, if any, is left to thinking at all?” Today is the right time to think dangerously with Hannah Arendt. | Los Angeles Review of Books

Skye C. Cleary talks with Sue Prideaux about her latest biography, “I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche.” | Los Angeles Review of Books

A reviewer thinks “I Am Dynamite!” by Sue Prideaux is a surprisingly approachable biography of an unusually forbidding thinker.| The Economist

“Men who believe society is oppressed by women frequently turn to the Western classics to validate their misogyny.” In her newly published book Not All Dead White Men, Dona Zuckerberg attempts to defend classical writers from their would-be heirs. | Quartz

A little review of the big questions propelling Julian Baggini’s recent whirlwind tour of world philosophy. | The Arts Desk

“Against the demand for submission to the customs protected by the gods and unquestioning adaptation to the traditional forms of life, Socrates asserted the principle that man should know what he does, and shape his own destiny.” Theoretical lessons from Max Horkheimer about the critical role of philosophy in society. | Thought Leader

“A godless world is as mysterious as one suffused with divinity, and the difference between the two may be less than you think,” thinks John Gray , who offers this and  other thoughts on atheism in American life.| The New Yorker

The Vim is a new blog and podcast that takes philosophy outside the classroom, using it to engage more directly in political life. | APA Blog

Forget Hygee: Jante Law is a real set of conformist rules that underpin Scandinavian life. | BBC Ideas

Slavoj Žižek surprises Owen Jones: “Clinton is the problem, not Trump.” | The Guardian

What does Stoicism look like in practice, in both ancient and modern contexts? Mark, Seth, Wes, and Dylan take on Marcus Aurelius with a living Stoic. | The Partially Examined Life