Issue 102

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Issue 102: May/June 2014


Ethics in Society

by Rick Lewis


News: May/June 2014

Philosopher points to a possible future in which ‘life in prison’ means 1,000 years • Do ethicists need a code of ethics? — News reports by Sue Roberts


Prison Doesn’t Work

Stuart Greenstreet on the abysmal failure of theories about crime and punishment.

A Dilemma of Consumer Responsibility

If you eat meat, are you personally to blame for the evils of factory farming? Richard Corry considers the consequences.

Professional Baseball & Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Darrin Belousek considers different ethical perspectives on drugs in sport.

Is Judging Islamic Culture Possible?

Terri Murray argues that ijtihad and critical debate are essential in a liberal, multicultural society.


A Justification of Empirical Thinking

Arnold Zuboff tells us why we should believe our senses.


Barbara Smoker probes why there is something rather than nothing.

Doing Away With Scientism

Ian Kidd exposes the errors of the science fundamentalists.

What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Simon Coghlan tells us, with help from Derek Parfit.

Swinburne’s Separations

Sally Latham on Swinburne’s argument that you can exist without your body.

Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Roger Caldwell rediscovers the bookish revolutionist.


Peter Rickman (1918-2014)

Anja Steinbauer and Rick Lewis remember a friend and a scholar.



Democratic Reforms • Philosophy For the People • Fighting Back Religiously • Outside Derrida • Art & Soul • More Happiness From Philosophy • Problem Problems


Are There ‘Other’ Ways of Knowing?

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci asks.

Mathematics & Reality

Raymond Tallis on maths’ unreasonable effectiveness.


Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy by John Dewey

Michael Brady finds John Dewey’s lost book compelling.

A Short History of Western Thought by Stephen Trombley

David McKay fastens his seatbelt for A Short History of Western Thought.

The Shawshank Redemption

Alexander Hooke finds hell & existentialist hope in prison.


Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder

Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott

Vadim Dozmorov’s Cartoon

by Vadim Dozmorov

Chris Madden’s Cartoon

by Chris Madden


Out There

Jonathan Sheasby takes a look at reality from street level.

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