Bun or bump?
Does the mother contain the foetus or is it a part of her? On the metaphysics of pregnancy, and its ethical implications
Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?
Must science be testable?
String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version
There may be no watertight definition of ‘man’ or ‘woman’, but your gender still defines you more than anything else does
In the 1940s, Japan’s search for a national philosophy became a battle for existence. Did Zen ideas create the kamikaze?
Everything and Moore
The legendary comics author Alan Moore has written a million-word novel, tribute to every eternal speck in his universe
The death of a fly is utterly insignificant – or it’s a catastrophe. How much should we worry about what we squash?
Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely?
Beyond true and false
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing
The mathematical world
Some philosophers think maths exists in a mysterious other realm. They’re wrong. Look around: you can see it
Is this life real?
Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?
Life after death
The idea of life after death lives on in near-death experiences and messages from beyond the grave. What’s the evidence?
Does life have a purpose?
Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?
Your point is?
Science can’t stop talking in terms of ‘purposes’, but if the universe cares about us, it has a funny way of showing it