It’s sometimes said that philosophy bakes no bread, but the podcast featured in this issue literally proclaims otherwise. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a radio program and podcast about all things ethical and political, but also about just plain life. The cohosts, Eric Thomas Weber and Anthony Cashio, even did an episode on (you guessed it) baking bread. Is the latest episode, on French toast, really about French toast? We invite you to check it out.
Just as focused on the nitty gritty of life, Jean Kazez writes about weight loss books, starting with The Philosopher’s Diet, which was written in the 1980s by Descartes scholar Richard Watson. Amy Kind writes on The Farewell, a new movie that probes the ethics of honesty at the end of life.
We also cover two biographies of women in philosophy. Margaret Betz writes enthusiastically about Ken Krimstein’s graphic approach to telling the life story of Hannah Arendt. And Jamie Lombardi tackles (and loves) Kate Kirkpatrick’s groundbreaking new biography of Simone de Beauvoir.
Nathan Nobis writes on Christine Korsgaard’s new reading of Kant on animals — Fellow Creatures. Kant wasn’t the animal demoter that he’s standardly taken to be, Korsgaard claims Or at least Kantian principles don’t force anyone to cast animals completely outside of the moral sphere. Nobis observes that this is “news” but adds that it’s certainly (if correct) “good news”.