PHILOSOPHY PATHWAYS ISSN 2043-0728
Issue No. 230
28th February 2019
From the List Manager
I. 'Torture With Consent' by Terence Rajivan Edward
II. 'Schopenhauer On Free Will and Fatalism' by Agustin Moreno
III. Review by Aleks Andrzejewski of The Possible World Machine
IV. Philosophizer's Bible on YouTube
V. Call For Papers: Philosophy Pathways Issue 231 Edited by Lorena Morales
In the process of putting together another List Manager's issue, I have taken the decision to prune the submissions folder for Philosophy Pathways, removing all articles submitted before 2017. These older articles have had numerous opportunities to be selected by the Pathways Editors but unfortunately remained unselected. That does not necessarily reflect in any way on their quality.
For this issue I have chosen articles by Terence Edward and Agustin Moreno. Terence Edward argues against including the condition of 'non-consent' in the definition of 'torture'. Torture is really torture, even if the circumstances are such that we would say that it was consented to. Agustin Moreno considers Schopenhauer's view that Free Will is an illusion, arguing that Quantum Mechanics provides sufficient wriggle room for a libertarian view of human action, contrary to Schopenhauer's gloomy deterministic picture.
I was delighted to learn that one of my latest Pathways to Philosophy students, Aleks Andrzejewski, a retired aerospace engineer from New York, has reviewed The Possible World Machine on Amazon.com, where it is now available alongside the other five Pathways programs as a stand alone text. Although Aleks purchased my book prior to joining Pathways, it is a little-known fact that Amazon accepts book reviews from any Amazon customer. It is not necessary to have purchased the book in question.
Prods and comments from viewers of my YouTube videos have prompted me to start up again after an 11 month gap. This time around, I intend to read chapters from my new book Philosophizer's Bible. The chapters are not very long. Provided there are sufficient views and 'likes', I intend to keep going right up to the last chapter. In my videos, will also be responding to questions and comments.
The next issue 231 of Philosophy Pathways will be edited by PhD candidate Lorena Morales. I have included Lorena's call for papers, in case any readers may be interested.
(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2019
I. 'TORTURE WITH CONSENT' BY TERENCE RAJIVAN EDWARD
There are attempts to define torture which say that a person is only being tortured if the pain inflicted upon them is pain that they have not consented to. I recommend that we define torture without this condition [...]
(c) Terence Rajivan Edward 2019
II. 'SCHOPENHAUER ON FREE WILL AND FATALISM' BY AGUSTIN MORENO
Arthur Schopenhauer was a firm believer in and defender of fatalism. He argued that everything that happens happens necessarily. By "necessary", Schopenhauer understood whatever is the consequence of some sufficient reason [...]
(c) Agustin Moreno 2019
III. REVIEW BY ALEKS ANDRZEJEWSKI OF THE POSSIBLE WORLD MACHINE
Below is the review I posted of your The Possible World Machine book on Amazon (US). Hopefully, more students will purchase your book as it is wonderful!
Plato Would be Proud
February 18, 2019
I have been searching for a way to learn Philosophy in a manner that is not boring but engaging. I found this via the Pathways to Philosophy program (philosophypathways.com).
Dr Klempner established a Philosophical education program that uses the dialectic method via Science Fiction stories. It involves reading not only the stories but also recommended texts. After completing three units, you write an essay selected from six presented. You spend approximately a week on each unit in order to firmly learn the presented lesson. You are expected to write a total of five essays (one per three units).
This book is a distillation of the first Program (there are six) in a single volume. The volume is broken down into fifteen units. Each unit has an introduction to the topic with dialogues and readings to follow. After every three units, a list of topics for essays are provided. In general, there are two essays per unit. The stories are indeed engaging and entertaining. You place yourself in the position of the characters, living their quandary thus learning philosophy. Although it is standalone, I would recommend engaging with the website for the program in order to fully benefit. It provides, resources and insight that are helpful to the budding student.
This book does not assume any philosophical knowledge upon the part of the student. You start at the beginning and work your way through the book with the end goal being a firm introduction to philosophy implanted in your brain. This is knowledge is established by reading and, in my opinion, most importantly by writing essays.
IV. PHILOSOPHIZER'S BIBLE ON YOUTUBE
Following the recent publication in Amazon Kindle and paperback of my new book Philosophizer's Bible, I have to date posted two new videos on YouTube. Here are the URLs:
Philosophizer's Bible 1: A new leaf
Philosophizer's Bible 2: Fairground ride
Depending on how much interest these videos generate, I plan to post more videos on a regular basis. I am enjoying doing this. So often after completing an article or book, I've not wanted to go near it for months. For some reason, this is different. It is as if the thoughts expressed in my new book have not yet had the time to thoroughly sink in and I need the chance to mull them over.
As well as responding to all questions and comments on the content of my YouTube videos, I am always interested to hear suggestions on how they can be improved in other ways — as I am sure they can.
Currently, my YouTube channel GVKlempner has 33,094 views and 390 subscribers, which makes it, not exactly tiny but rather small in comparison with other channels.
As a chess fan, I regularly watch videos from a number of chess experts but my favourite is agadmator (real name Antonio Radic, from Croatia). Agadmator's channel currently has a staggering 115,854,295 views and 379,729 subscribers. How does he do it?!
— Meanwhile, I soldier on :)
(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2019
V. CALL FOR PAPERS: PHILOSOPHY PATHWAYS ISSUE 231
This is a Call For Papers for the Philosophy Pathways Journal Issue 231.
As the Issue editor I'm welcoming articles questioning the following areas of research:
Artworks by Wo/men and
— phenomenological ontology (Martin Heidegger)
— the dualities written by Friedrich Nietzsche
— the tripartite Zeitgeist (Georg Hegel)
The deadline for submissions is March 22, 2019 by the academic end-of-day.
Please email your essay using the Modern Language Association style in both .doc and .pdf formats to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions are welcome and this issue will contain five (5) essays.
(c) Lorena Morales 2019