Issue 103: July/August 2014
by Rick Lewis
David Armstrong Dies • Kindergarten Ethics Lessons • Stephen Hawking warns of Artificial Intelligence dangers — News reports by Sue Roberts and Anja Steinbauer
Stuart Greenstreet explains how analytical philosophy got into a mess.
Carlos Muñoz-Suárez guides us on a trip down the linguistic rabbit hole.
José Zalabardo investigates which problem Wittgenstein is trying to solve.
Sándor Szegláb decodes the hidden message of the Tractatus.
Mary Midgley says philosophy is about understanding the context and about understanding how we came to be where we are.
Paul Biegler asks whether the way we form our beliefs means we’re hardwired to succumb to global warming.
Rick Lewis on libraries, philosophical classics, unexpected discoveries and the challenges of a digital age.
What follows is an extract from a forthcoming book called AQA AS Philosophy by Gerald Jones, Dan Cardinal & Jeremy Hayward – an engaging, student-friendly textbook designed to help UK high school students embrace and enjoy philosophy at AS level. It seemed such a useful guide that we decided to print it here as well.
Hans Lenk and Ulrich Arnswald use John Dewey’s distinction between public and private life to consider some implications of information technology.
Lawrence Crocker on lotteries, reasonable actions, and weird outliers.
Dale DeBakcsy tells us how Ludwig Feuerbach revolutionized philosophy and got absolutely no credit for it.
The following readers’ answers to this central human question each win a book.
Feeling Philosophical? • High Class Underworld • Defending Derrida • More Arguments About God • Impinging on Realities • Philosophical Speculations
Tim Madigan hears Pierre Bayle’s 17th century plea for religious toleration.
Raymond Tallis considers democracy and assisted dying.
Bill Meacham finds Ethics Without Morals easy enough to live with.
Nick Everitt is uncertain about a book on Knowledge.
Patricia Cleveland-Peck gets some ‘dodgy’ advice from philosophers concerning How To Live.
Colin Brookes gains ethical understanding from a profound aesthetic experience.
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by Chris Gill
Edo Shonin and William Van Gordon dream of the not too distant future.