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Immortal Life Might End Up Meaningless, But What If Mortal Life Already Is?
Adam Buben

Is Death the Absolute End of Human Existence?
Filiz Peach

When Zombies Are Real. Thinking about the Death of the Other
Jorge Gonzalez Arocha

Is Death an Evil?
Jonathan Beale

Death, Quantum, and the Techno-Singularity
István Aranyosi

Reading And Interdependence
Gerasimos Kakoliris

The Possibility of Ethics in the Condition of the Oppressed
Nathalie Nya

Camus on Absurdity
Steven Luper

Jacques Derrida and the Controversy of Philosophy
Ian Angus

In Socrates’ Footsteps: The Deep Entanglement of Love and Wisdom
Laura Candiotto

After The Cogito: Lacan on Psychoanalysis, Science and Religion
Itzhak Benyamini

A Short Introuction to Death, Pain and Loneliness
Aysel Demir

Editor’s post by Cemre Yilmaz

Can philosophy be popular?

The philosophy is generally considered as a high-level intellectual activity. However, it is strongly related to the daily life since the Ancient times. For example, people asked philosophers about what the moral action is, what the ideal system would be, how one can know one’s self, etc. The philosophy developed because of the human mind which tried to understand the outer world and itself. Even though the philosophy is considered as a high-level intellectual activity by the general public, the curiosity of human being and the struggles of daily life take us into the important philosophical questions: What is the meaning of life if there is? How are our habits affected by technological developments? How can we deal with the pain? 

Philosophy is popular in the sense of being attractive to anyone. We all read about, think on and talk about the philosophical questions during our daily life. We can enhance our vision by reading more philosophical books and magazines. Therefore, we can improve our perspectives for any struggle, our approach to the changes in life styles or our understanding of world. However, such a philosophical concern needs to a brave breakthrough.

This magazine is an attempt to make philosophy more popular. We achieved this goal in Turkey, with our 13 year-old magazine of popular philosophy, Düşünbil. We still continue to improve our work for successful contents and great interaction with the readers. The founder of Düşünbil Publishing, Olcay Yılmaz, works on every issue with a special care at every step. He created the collage on the cover image as well as all the graphic design and the typesetting. Our copy-editor, Lucas Thorpe, is a respectful professor in the philosophy department of Boğaziçi University which is one of the top-ranked universities in Turkey. He could make time for ThinKnow in his busy schedule, which made this work more contented.

In our first issue, we focused on the philosophy of death. We asked what is death, what is the meaning of the others’ death for us, if we can know about our own death, if the knowledge of our mortality contributes the meaning of life, and more. In this issue, you will also find about the position of oppressed in moral actions, Lacanian psychoanalysis, a criticism of Derrida’s works, Camus’ absurdity and the love of wisdom with a Socratic perspective.

Enjoy your reading, and follow us for the next issue…

Issue 1 Information

  • Electronic edition
  • ISSN: 978-1-9370011-2-1
  • Published: 23 April 2020

Further Issues

Issue 2: Benedict de Spinoza

deadline: 20th July 2020
keywords: ethics, metaphysics, dualism/monism, philosophy of mind, political philosophy

Issue 3: Time

deadline: 10th September 2020
keywords: eternalism, ontology, present, relativity, time travel, beginning/end of time, timelessness, objective/subjective

Issue 4: Albert Camus

deadline: 10th October 2020
keywords: The Myth of Sisyphus, morality, absurdity, suicide, existentialism, skepticism, literature, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, French philosophy

Issue 5: Desire, Fantasy and Anxiety

deadline: 10th December 2020
keywords: desire, fantasy, phantasy, anxiety, angst, objet petit a, psychoanalysis, philosophy, Jacques Lacan, Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Slavoj Žižek, Jean Laplanche, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger…