Should you avoid meat because you might inadvertently eat a reincarnated relative? It’s an odd thought to have, but it seems to have actually been taken seriously by Pythagoras and other ancients, according to G. Fay Edwards, who starts us off with a consideration of ancient arguments for vegetarianism. If you’re thinking what’s missing from those arguments is a bit of empathy for our fellow creatures, you may well have second thoughts after reading Derek Matravers on empathy and the danger of inventing words. Another odd thought to have is that David Hume might have been a closet Buddhist. Allow Rachel Paine to help you navigate this slightly unsettling possibility.
If it’s unsettling you want, look no further than Lindsey Fiorelli’s philosophical reflections on watching horror movies and Matthew Strohl’s disquieting thoughts on people who make spiedies with garlic sauce. I know. Gauche. And finally Justin Kitchen finds philosophical inspiration in Rick and Morty, with the view that Rick is an unsettling educator in the Nietzschean style. Who knew?