Issue 101: March/April 2014
by Rick Lewis
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
Anja Steinbauer explains why Plato had problems with democracy.
Amy Pollard reads Plato’s Republic as a reform document.
Mark Tan shows us how to overcome our distrust and cynicism towards governments through the appointment of philosopher kings.
Huong Nguyen considers current trends in democratic thinking.
Keith Hui compares the Chinese state to Plato’s republic.
Andrew Taggart is philosophical about a widespread misperception of philosophy.
Mikhail Epstein feels that philosophy is not only thinking.
Terri Murray tries to be so.
Dana Andreicut tells us about their philosophical differences and similiarities.
Michael Langford responds to Les Reid’s review of the Bible in Issue 99.
Steve Neumann on morality, games and Bilbo Baggins.
Peter Rickman on a poet’s metaphors and the creation of the world.
Gerald Curzon reviews the life and opinions of the original New Atheist.
The following answers to this fundamental question each win a random book.
Vaughan Rapatahana pays tribute to the positive-minded existentialist.
Critique & Cause • On Unhappiness • Saying Nothing • God Issues • Ought We To Survive? • Seeing Red • Arthur Danto Transfigured
Raymond Tallis argues against theist arguments in PN 99.
Tony Milligan engages with Iris Murdoch’s ethics.
Nathaniel Goldberg shares his intuitions about Daniel Dennett’s Intuition Pumps.
Philip Badger finds The Righteous Mind difficult to believe unqualifiedly.
Grant Bartley focuses on the forces of history through Philip Glass’s opera about Gandhi.
by Melissa Felder
by Chris Madden
by Vadim Dozmorov
Mordecai Roshwald imagines what the Athenian gadfly might have said.