Riddle: What’s something that’s universally desired, but nobody likes once they have it? We’ll come back to that.
In this issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine, Matt Brown reviews the latest contribution to graphic philosophy, a burgeoning genre that now includes Heretics!, by the esteemed historian of modern philosophy, Stephen Nadler, and his talented cartoonist son, Ben Nadler. Kate Norlock reviews a couldn’t-be-more-timely new book on misogyny: Down Girl, by Kate Manne. Jean Kazez comments on the sexual harassment deluge in the US and wonders whether “himpathy” (disproportionate sympathy for boys and men — the concept is from Manne’s book) is the reason why she’s had a moment or two of sympathy for the various devils.
Answer to the riddle: old age. We’re all trying to get there, but aren’t so pleased when we arrive. Martha Nussbaum and Saul Levmore have written one of the few books on aging in all of philosophy. Our reviewer, Geoffrey Scarre, appreciates Nussbaum’s attitude to aging (the show must go on!) more than Levmore’s (retirement has its rewards), but finds the book all around interesting and thoughtful.