EDITORIAL

Free By the People, For the People

by Rick Lewis

NEWS

Free News: March/April 2014

Hand lets amputees feel • Philosophy dept in sexism row • Putin’s favourite thinkers • Philosopher becomes party leader — News reports by Sue Roberts

PLATO AND DEMOCRACY

Free The Ship of Fools

Anja Steinbauer explains why Plato had problems with democracy.

Democracy Is Sick

Amy Pollard reads Plato’s Republic as a reform document.

Plato’s Ideal Ruler Today

Mark Tan shows us how to overcome our distrust and cynicism towards governments through the appointment of philosopher kings.

On Democratic Theories

Huong Nguyen considers current trends in democratic thinking.

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Could Plato’s Republic Work In China?

Keith Hui compares the Chinese state to Plato’s republic.

ARTICLES

Free Philosophy in the Popular Imagination

Andrew Taggart is philosophical about a widespread misperception of philosophy.

Philosophical Feelings

Mikhail Epstein feels that philosophy is not only thinking.

Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623)

Gerald Curzon reviews the life and opinions of the original New Atheist.

Kant

Being Charitable To Kant

Terri Murray tries to be so.

Kant & Rand on Rationality & Reality

Dana Andreicut tells us about their philosophical differences and similiarities.

Philosophical Reviews of The Bible

Michael Langford responds to Les Reid’s review of the Bible in Issue 99.

OBITUARIES

Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson (1931-2013)

Vaughan Rapatahana pays tribute to the positive-minded existentialist.

ARTICLES

One Will to Rule Them All

Steve Neumann on morality, games and Bilbo Baggins.

Rilke’s God

Peter Rickman on a poet’s metaphors and the creation of the world.

What Is Life?

The following answers to this fundamental question each win a random book.

COLUMNS

Free Taking Issue with The God Issue

Raymond Tallis argues against theist arguments in PN 99.

LETTERS

Free Letters

Critique & Cause • On Unhappiness • Saying Nothing • God Issues • Ought We To Survive? • Seeing Red • Arthur Danto Transfigured

REVIEWS

A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch by Maria Antonaccio

Tony Milligan engages with Iris Murdoch’s ethics.

Intuition Pumps by Daniel C. Dennett

Nathaniel Goldberg shares his intuitions about Daniel Dennett’s Intuition Pumps.

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Philip Badger finds The Righteous Mind difficult to believe unqualifiedly.

Free Satyagraha

Grant Bartley focuses on the forces of history through Philip Glass’s opera about Gandhi.

FICTION

Socrates on Conservatism

Mordecai Roshwald imagines what the Athenian gadfly might have said.

CARTOONS

Free Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

You Are Here

by Chris Madden

Vadim Dozmorov’s Cartoon

by Vadim Dozmorov

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