Book Club: Scientific Metaphysics, 4, A bestiary of the manifest image

[image: Moorish women playing chess, European woman playing lute, 1283, Wikimedia; this is essay #337 in the Philosophy as a Way of Life series]

I occasionally like playing chess. I’m not that good at it, and I tend to do it only to pass the time on long transatlantic flights. But I know the rules and even some basic elements of strategy. I didn’t know, until recently, that someone has demonstrated that you cannot checkmate your opponent’s king when only their king and your king and knight are on the board. It’s…