The titles covered by our reviewers in this issue invite questions. Philosophy for Girls (Melissa Shew and Kimberly Garchar). Is that different from philosophy for boys? Is it the philosophy of fashion and cooking? No, you’ll be pleased to learn, it’s just philosophy, but with a focus on what all philosophy should be like, according to women in philosophy. Audrey Yap applauds the project of enriching the chorus of philosophy through inclusion.
Smellosophy (A.S. Barwich). Philosophy of smell is a thing? Yes, of course. Why should philosophy of perception constantly focus on vision, as it does, not on the other senses? Something you will learn from our reviewer, Brad Thompson, is that grated cheese smells like something else when it’s not labelled “grated cheese.” Be forewarned.
Ask A Philosopher (Ian Olasov). OK, ask a philosopher what? Your most important questions. Our reviewers, Frank Appolonia and Travis Timmerman, explain how Olasov and Co. set up a booth on the streets of New York and answered questions from all comers. The book sounds like the next best thing to a Netflix series on the conversations that ensued.
Also in this issue, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke talks about the new movie Land, to which she has a personal connection, and Jean Kazez writes about the new westerns being made by women like Chloé Zhao and Kelly Richardt. You could almost say she writes on “Westerns for Girls”, except they’re for everyone. Nomadland, one of the movies she discusses, just won the Oscar for best picture.