Issue 22: Winter 1998/99
by Rick Lewis
Human rights • Pope’s verdict on philosophy • Genes and things • Sophie’s musical • Philosopher canonised • Thought sport
Could computers have minds? Julian Moore criticises John Searle’s famous thought experiment.
Joseph Sen on the uniqueness of philosophy.
More than three centuries after the death of Thomas Hobbes, the issue of state power versus individual rights remains as contentious as ever. Paul Rowlandson on the case for strong government.
Colin Gavaghan asks how seriously we should take Gattaca’s dread of genetic screening.
Anja Steinbauer reporting from the 20th World Congress of Philosophy in Boston.
Anja Steinbauer on an ambitious new attempt to do philosophy in public.
Andrew Chrucky on logical arguments which hold water. And coffee.
Mark Daniels describes the debates, the dilemmas and the philosophers who wrestle with them.
Robert Neville, Dean of the School of Theology at Boston University, was co-organiser of the World Congress. Anja Steinbauer interviewed him about his hopes, fears and crazy dreams for philosophy.
Jonathan Glover is one of the leading figures in medical ethics, but he is also interested in political philosophy. Paul Sheehy interviewed him recently at King’s College London.
How does the brain work? One of the world’s leading figures in philosophy of mind is Daniel Dennett, who describes himself as a cognitive scientist, and who is deeply interested in the development of artificial intelligence. Tim Madigan recently interviewed him for Philosophy Now.
Women & Philosophy • Hume’s Castle • God and Monkeys • Early Christians • Humanity and Nature • Value of Life • Inner Peace
Philosophy Now’s fearless columnist Peg Tittle speaks out on human cloning and the scandal of unregulated reproduction.
Jerry Goodenough expounds on science and the millenium.
Antony Flew marks a set of essays by Anthony Quinton.
Robert Taylor describes astronomer Michael Hawkins and his quest for dark matter.
A short story by Stephen Loveless.