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. 10, No. 2, July

Affirmative Naturalism: Deleuze and Epicureanism
A naturalistic conception of things is a great work of imagination --greater, I think, than any dramatic or moral mythology: it is a conception fit to inspire great poetry, and in the end, perhaps, it will prove the only conception able to inspire...
Animality and Rationality in Human Beings: Towards Enriching Contemporary Educational Studies
I. INTRODUCTION: A DUALIST SPLIT BETWEEN OUR ANIMALITY AND OUR RATIONALITY Human beings are animals. They are a biological species that has evolved through a process of natural selection. In this respect, the human species is no different from non-human...
Between 'Biosphere' and 'Gaia': Earth as a Living Organism in Soviet Geo-Ecology
RUSSIAN NATURALISM AND THE SYSTEMIC APPROACH IN THE STUDY OF NATURE. A CROSS-DISCIPLINARY FIELD The interdisciplinary framework used by Russian naturalists dating back to the Age of Explorations partially informed the evolutionary systems approach...
Hans Jonas's Noble 'Heuristics of Fear': Neither the Good Lie nor the Terrible Truth
INTRODUCTION It is generally accepted that Hans Jonas lays the theoretical foundation for the precautionary principle in his The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age (IR), which was originally published...
How Can We Signify Being? Semiotics and Topological Self-Signification
Over the centuries, much has been written by philosophers seeking to shed light on the meaning of Being. Inspired by the 18th--19th century works of F. W. J. von Schelling (see Gare 2011), ontological phenomenologists Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin...
How Right Was Samuel Butler about Evolution? Part II: Why Evolution Is Really a Problem for the Humanities
'We have now sunk to a depth at which the re-statement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.' George Orwell 1. ON TELLING NATURALISTIC STORIES Consider a thoughtful layperson who in contemplating his/her inexplicable existence...
Making Policy Debate Matter: The Hermeneutic Dimension
While Bent Flyvbjerg's Making Social Science Matter has elicited considerable scholarly commentary in the social and political science literature, (1) it has not elicited much by way of philosophical response notwithstanding Flyvbjerg's conviction...
Modernity, Post-Modernity and Proto-Historicism: Reorienting Humanity through a New Sense of Narrative Emplotment
I: BLINDED BY THE ENLIGHTENMENT: THE MAKING OF A MECHANISTIC MODERNITY Science will teach men ... that they ... are no more than a sort of piano keyboard or barrel-organ cylinder ... that whatever man does he does not do of his own volition...
Naturalizing Dasein. Aporias of the Neo-Heideggerian Approach in Cognitive Science
NEO-HEIDEGGERIAN COGNITIVE SCIENCE Michael Wheeler's project for reconstructing the cognitive world (2005) can be viewed as a reflection on the philosophical foundations of cognitive science, concerned with helping in the search for a sort of Kuhnian...
Nietzsche as Formative Thinker
I According to a widely received view philosophy is a discipline exploring philosophical problems by philosophical methods. Philosophers generate theories or rational accounts justified by arguments. This account occludes the differences between...
One Magisterium: How Nature Knows through Us
Sean O Nuallain, One Magisterium: How Nature Knows through Us, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd (Sept 2014) - http://www.cambridgescholars.com/one-magisterium How to "review" this sprawling, brilliant, eclectic, myriad, mosaic, welter of issues...
Popper's View of Modern Science: In the Footsteps of Schelling
INTRODUCTION It has been readily observed by many Popper scholars that there was something intensely moral about his thought, which I suggest is a moral metaphysics underpinned by naturalistic arguments, which are in keeping with a German tradition...
Sartre and Hegel on Thymos, History and Freedom
THYMOS AND 'HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE' Jean Hyppolite explained that self-consciousness was a form of desire for Hegel, a desire towards the unity of the 'I' with itself that can only be found in another desire, or when the 'I' finds another self-consciousness....
Speculative Naturalism: A Manifesto
'[M]anifestos proclaim new literary movements and cultural epochs, and they trigger these movements by the very act of their proclamation. Manifestos are performative rather than descriptive speech acts; they implement what they pronounce.......
The Art of Philosophy
Sloterdijk, Peter, The Art of Philosophy. Wisdom as Practice. Translated by Karen Margolis, New York, Columbia University Press, 2012. 107 pp., ISBN 978-0-231-15871-8 Columbia University Press http://cup.columbia.edu Since the publication of his...
The Relevance of an Existential Conception of Nature
There is an inherent tension, if not paradox, in how we conceive nature as something accessible by virtue of its being 'natural,' and thus in conformity with our given senses, while believing at the same time that ever improving methods of analysis...
Walking Away from Empire
@@@ "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person." (1) Guy R. McPherson is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. Here is how he introduces...
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