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. 14, No. 3, October

Auto-Poiesis: The Self and the Principle of Creativity in the Philosophical Anthropology and Psychoanalysis of Cornelius Castoriadis
INTRODUCTION This article is focused on Castoriadis's fundamental psychoanalytic account of the individual which I correlate with his philosophical-anthropological approach. The main idea in Castoriadis's analysis is the human being as a subjectivity...
Degrowth: Technoscience and the Existential Stakes of a Political Heresy
o. INTRODUCTION To sort out complex conceptual histories, one needs to use short-cuts-but we should never forget the price to pay to obtain applicable concepts. As Whitehead wrote, we have to seek simplicity and to distrust it. (1) Three main...
Downward Causation: Control Theory, Symmetry Breaking, Quantum Field Theory, and Neurodynamics
INTRODUCTION One reason for the unreasonable INeffectiveness of math in the biological sciences may in fact be that there exist myriad "biologies" each corresponding to a level on the hierarchies. This applies a fortiori to neuroscience, with the...
Editorial Creating the Future
Cosmos & History at its foundation embraced Alfred North Whitehead's proclamation that the role of universities in general and philosophy in particular is 'to create the future, insofar as civilized modes of thought affect the issue.' (1) Whitehead...
Ethics, Philosophy and the Environment
Ulrich Beck, a German sociologist, observed in Risk, Environment & Modernity, a book published in 1996: The transformation of the unseen side-effects of industrial production into global ecological trouble spots is... not at all a problem...
Grand Narratives, Metamodernism, and Global Ethics
Arran Gare argues that, in order to effectively address global political issues such as our environmental crisis, we as humans will need to embrace a new grand narrative, and coordinate our actions in accordance with it. He contends that grand narratives...
Hedonistic Utilitarianism and Feminist Politics
INTRODUCTION Hedonistic utilitarianism (from now on I will simply refer to it as "hedonism") is the ethical position that pleasure is the only thing that is good in itself (non-instrumentally good) and that pain is the only thing that is bad in...
Information Ethics in the Information Age
INTRODUCTION The contributions by Norbert Wiener in cybernetics and its impact on the human condition serve as the starting point for Information Ethics (IE)2,3. One quote is particularly influential, Information is information, not matter or...
In the Muddy Center: A Physics of Nonpropositional Thinking
In a work of philosophy that unearths an unorthodox line of innovation and problem construction at the juncture between physics and mathematics, Gilles Chatelet gave expression to an intellectual antagonism against the contemporary status that is conceded...
Liking What's Good for You: Evolution, Subjectivity and Purpose
I INTRODUCTION I think there is a bomb lodged in the foundations of science that may be about to go off. It is a bomb that Charles Darwin inadvertently set ticking, William James exposed for all to see-and which 20th century thought has done its...
Logic(s) of the Value Form
The social exchange of products, with the addition of money or other various types of contracts (futures, debt, etc.), has been a feature of human kind for millennia. When examining history, one encounters a manifold of different worldly configurations--...
Poetics in Public Space towards a Hermeneutic Framing of Ephemeral Poetic Expressions
Notions of what is considered the poetic have undergone fundamental changes since the era of Romanticism. Poetry's supposed essence has been questioned by the multiplicity of hybridized forms and an increasing commercialization of poetic production,...
Reconstruction of the Sociopolitical Hierarchy in Farabi's Utopia
INTRODUCTION Political philosophy in Islam begins with Ya'qub al-Kind! in the ninth century (1), but many consider Farabi (2) to be the founder of Islamic political philosophy due to his sound rational principles and systematic thoughts (Davari,...
Reparsing Nature the Bionoetics Framework and the Age of Magic and Wonder
"God is alive. Magic is afoot." L. Cohen INTRODUCTION The first desideratum of any new schema is that is should follow the facts. These include precise measurements and logical argument. However, theories are vastly under-determined by such facts,...
Review Essay Metaphilosophy and the Promises of Pluralism
BOOKS UNDER REVIEW: Soren Overgaard, Paul Gilbert and Stephen Burwood, An Introduction to Metaphilosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2013) Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello, and Paul M. Livingston, editors, Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide:...
Stephen Hawking and Machine Intelligence
FROM THE UNIVERSE TO THE HUMAN Cosmologists and theoretical physicists have shown a growing interest in both the development of formal sciences (i.e., logic, mathematics, statistics, theoretical computer science, robotics, information theory) and...
The Arrow of Time
INTRODUCTION Despite our innate sense of time as unidirectional flow, scientific investigation compels us to consider the possibility that temporal passage is illusory. Every solution of a dynamical law is accompanied by a time-reversed solution,...
The Decline of Politics in the Name of Science? Constellations and Collisions between Nick Land and Ray Brassier
One of the most interesting contemporary philosophical projects is Ray Brassier's transcendental realism. In Nihil Unbound as in other shorter works, Brassier develops his philosophy in dialogue with other thinkers like Laruelle, Churchland, Sellars,...
The Evolution Concept: The Concept Evolution
INTRODUCTION There were some attempts in the past to trace the concept of evolution back in history. May be one of the first of these attempts was the one made by Thomas Huxley in 1878 (Huxley, 1893). More recent studies include those of Bowler...
The Grand Titration: Revisiting the Work of Joseph Needham to Address Ethnocentrism in Contemporary Philosophy and Society
INTRODUCTION It may come as a surprise to many that the development of sophisticated science, technology, and medicine in ancient history was not exclusive to Europe. In fact, many great civilisations in the ancient world had their own advanced...
The Mathematizable Properties of Human Bodies in Relation to Meillassoux's Discussion of Primary Qualities
I. INTRODUCTION Meillassoux seeks to rehabilitate the distinction between primary and secondary qualities in contemporary terms. He claims that the mathematical properties of an entity can be thought as real properties of that entity: "In order...
The Political Thought of Alain Badiou
INTRODUCTION (2) Since the publication of Being and Event (3) in 1988, Alain Badiou has established himself as inarguably the most ambitious philosopher in the Continental tradition in quite some time. His rapidly growing oeuvre has come to encompass...
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