Issue 101

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Issue 101: March/April 2014


By the People, For the People

by Rick Lewis


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


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.

Could Plato’s Republic Work In China?

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


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.

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.

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.

Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623)

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

What Is Life?

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


Colin Wilson (1931-2013)

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


Taking Issue with The God Issue

Raymond Tallis argues against theist arguments in PN 99.


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.


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


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

You Are Here

by Chris Madden

Vadim Dozmorov’s Cartoon

by Vadim Dozmorov


Socrates on Conservatism

Mordecai Roshwald imagines what the Athenian gadfly might have said.

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