Philosophy In The News, Weekly: November 24 to 30, 2018

Canton. Two Chinese Ladies of Rank Sitting for their Portraits. Albumen silver print by Pierre Joseph Rossier and Negretti & Zambra (1858–1859) | The J. Paul Getty Museum

The best of the philosophical internet from the American Philosophical Association blog, Pacific Standard, The New York Review of Books, Tablet, Quartz, Aeon, Sam Harris, 1000-Word Philosophy, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, artnet News, Brain Pickings, Donald Robertson, Philosophy Now, Big Think, Slate, The Atlantic, London Review of Books and Philosophy Bites.

“When the ancient philosopher Diogenes was asked what city he came from, he replied, ‘I am a citizen of the world.’ Contemporary philosophy in the West has lost this perspective.” Bryan W. Van Norden wants Anglo-European philosophers to stop ignoring the philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. | Blog of the APA

“Our online identities have become a part of who we are in the real world—whether we’re always aware of it or not.” Kevin Lincoln on the disappearing boundary between our bodies and our tech gadgets. | Pacific Standard

Jan-Werner Müller on the forgotten lessons from the cold-war defenders of liberalism. | The New York Review of Books

“[Richard Rorty] wanted to invigorate the philosophy of democracy that John Dewey had drawn in part from Whitman—democracy as an eternal project for endless social progress, democracy as a way of life and a way of thinking—which became Hook’s idea, and became his own.” Part three of a series on political philosophers and the American Left. | Tablet

[Gregory] Berns predicts a new species will come into existence. “Call it Homo hominis. Man of men.” Understanding the minds of animals. | Quartz

Historian of Ideas Dag Herbjørnsrud on the first women of philosophy in Asia, Africa and Latin America. | Aeon

Sam Harris shares his thoughts on the implosion of Pangburn Philosophy. | Sam Harris

“The epistemic lesson of the Cogito is that if certainty is a necessary requirement for knowledge, we are left with very little knowledge indeed.” A short essay by Charles Miceli on philosophy’s most famous phrase: cogito ergo sum. | 1000-Word Philosophy

“[Islamic philosophers] should… do what philosophers too have always done: think new thoughts within the context into which they were born.” Peter Adamson on the history of philosophical thought in a religious tradition. | Los Angeles Review of Books

Tim Parks on the questionable pursuit of literary glory. | The New York Review of Books

”Socrates was correct that awareness of one’s ignorance is virtuous, but [contemporary] philosophers have subsequently uncovered many pitfalls associated with claims of ignorance.” N. Ángel Pinillos on how being skeptical of  the phrase “I know that I know nothing” can lead us astray. | The New York Times

Art Critic Ben Davis reviews the “cynical aesthetic philosophy” and pop glamour displayed in ‘Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again’ currently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art. | artnet News

“[Henry David] Thoreau reverenced trees as living incantations, wordless prayers, benedictions for the art of being.” Maria Popova on the wisdom of trees in Thoreau and Walt Whitman. | Brain Pickings

“If you want to appear lovable, and be loved by others, then you should actually make yourself deserving of their affection by taking the initiative and showing love and kindness toward them first.” Donald Robertson on the love lessons in the story about Socrates and Theodote the Courtesan. | Donald Robertson

Peter Adamson on the medieval origins of philosophical study in the modern university. | Philosophy Now

“My diagnosis is that philosophy has disengaged from its most critical subject matter, largely because of institutional pressures to publish on niche topics rather than on issues that might interest the public.” Calvin H. Warner laments our Dark Age of academic philosophy, dominated by highly specialized journals and technical jargon. | Philosophy Now

“So was Tolstoy finally a victim of his own utopian dualism? Perhaps. But we need not follow him there.” Vincent Kavaloski on the insights and oversights of Tolstoy’s philosophy of happiness. | Philosophy Now

Six essential books by six essential existentialists. | Big Think

“Restoring old automata—mechanical ancestors to robots—brings out the supernatural side of tech.” On the contemporary significance of ancient tech. | Slate

“I saw real beauty in how his craft reflects his way of life, being, and philosophy.” A short documentary by the filmmaker Marie-Cécile Embleton about Faramarz, an Iranian British watchmaker. | The Atlantic

In a short video, Jonathan Rée confronts Kierkegaard’s Johannes Climacus on the horror of doubt. | London Review of Books

A fairly short discussion with Paul Sagar on the very long history of scepticism about what philosophy can do. | Philosophy Bites