Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): The Philosopher as Coach. Philosophy is literally the "love of wisdom" — but what does it mean to love, pursue, and possess wisdom? Philosophy is supposed to be difficult: We complain about its thorny prose and technical intricacy, but should philosophy really be accessible to all? In philosophy, logic is too often considered the only appropriate analytical instrument; adding fiction to the toolkit can offer new and illuminating ways to contemplate human existence and its dilemmas. Erroll Morris on a series on meaning, truth, intolerance and flying ashtrays. What is x-phi good for? Its significance is not exactly cosmic. Hawking contra philosophy: Christopher Norris presents a case for the defence. In Turkmenistan, philosophy is more than welcomed by the authorities — so long as it's dead. A review of Do Llamas Fall in Love? 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles by Peter Cave. A review of Philosophy Bites: 25 Philosophers on 25 Intriguing Subjects by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. The spirit of inquiry: Socrates spoke his ideas, and so brought them to life. It’s de Botton v Skidelsky: For decades, philosophers spoke only to each other, but that is changing as they once more reconnect with a wider public. Philosophy as confession: A review of Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory by Stanley Cavell. Lawrence Harvey gives a snapshot of the life of the German philosopher Paul Ree. Is it worth knowing about the lives philosophers led, or is their philosophy enough?

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