Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

A peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. It serves those who see philosophy's vocation in questioning and challenging prevailing assumptions about ourselves and our place in the world, developing new ways of thinking about physical existence, life, humanity and society, so helping to create the future insofar as thought affects the issue.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 2, July

Bakhtinian Thought and the Defence of Narrative: Overcoming Universalism and Relativism
The following essay examines and highlights in detail some of the problems surrounding the modern and post-modern modes of thought in order to demonstrate the usefulness of narrative theory in overcoming these problems. In particular, it argues that...
From Kant to Schelling to Process Metaphysics: On the Way to Ecological Civilization
INTRODUCTION Despite his enormous influence, for most of the Twentieth Century F.W.J. von Schelling was dismissed by most philosophers as someone who began a tradition of pseudoscience, someone who had been superseded by Hegel, and as someone who,...
Guilt: Facing the Problem of Ethical Solipsism
1 Immanuel Kant remarks, in a famous footnote to the First Critique, that [t]he real morality of actions (their merit and guilt), even that of our own conduct [...] remains entirely hidden from us. Our imputations can be referred only...
Nihilism, Nature, and the Collapse of the Cosmos
We typically regard nihilism as a problem about human life. While Nietzsche and Heidegger are undoubtedly the thinkers most closely associated with nihilism, it has an important history (predominantly in Europe) before them and has led an interesting...
On a Certain Blindness in Political Matters
This philosophical essay is put under the dual patronage of William James (1842-1910) and Alfred North Whitehead (1861--1947). Accordingly, instead of speaking about facts, things, reality, substance and the like, it uses as often as possible the process...
Overcoming Nihilism
The inertia of most people in the affluent Western nations in the face of the corruption of the core institutions of their democracies, including their universities, the disempowerment of people, the plundering of public wealth, growing economic injustice...
Situated Cosmopolitanism, and the Conditions of Its Possibility: Transformative Dialogue as a Response to the Challenge of Difference
Following Kant, cosmopolitan proposals have traditionally been highly universalistic in conception. As such, while they have the merit of highlighting what all peoples share in common, they correspondingly neglect what differentiates diversely situated...
The God Debate and the Limits of Reason
Metaphors conveying adversity, contention, and rivalry are abundant in the literature on the relationship between science and religion. (1) Words like struggle, warfare, and conflict are common currency. Reductions of the long history of the relationship...
The Quest for Pleasure and the Death of Life
Schopenhauer, arch-pessimist of the Western philosophic tradition, asks the following rhetorical questions concerning the value of life to a perfectly rational being: If the act of procreation were neither the outcome of a desire nor accompanied...
Tradition as Gelotopoesis: An Essay on the Hermeneutics of Laughter in Martin Heidegger
INTRODUCTION: THE QUESTION OF LAUGHTER Philosophers have often been thought as thinkers bereft of laughter and cheerfulness. The idea that a lot of people, including a good numbers of philosophers, have is that philosophers represent an ascetic...