Issue 25

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Issue 25: Winter 1999/2000


What’s So Funny?

by Rick Lewis


News: Winter 1999/2000

Thinkers in ‘Nazi language’ row • University philosophy threatened • Kojéve was a spy • Exiled philosopher seeks presidential pardon

Field Being

Rick Lewis was at the 3rd Symposium on Field Being and the Non-Substantialistic Turn, August 12-17 1999.


A Philosophy Department Commencement Address (Being an Allegory of Self-Discovery and Enlightenment)

Randall Curren finds that talking about humor is no laughing matter. Especially on national television.

Abbott and Costello meet Wittgenstein

Tim Madigan on some philosophical comedians.

Philosophy and Humor

An introduction by Tim Madigan.

The Inevitable Philosophy Lightbulb Jokes

The Philosopher as Joker

Peter Rickman on the unsettling similarities between jokes and philosophy.

The Secret of Seinfeld’s Humor

Jorge J.E. Gracia on the Significance of the Insignificant.


Christian Ethics: An Ambiguous Legacy

Terri Murray tells the story of how St. Paul hijacked a religion.

Detecting Androids

Antoni Diller isn’t one. And he can prove it.

Humans and Dumb Animals

Jane Forsey asks, what makes us so special?

The Origins of Don Giovanni

If our genes are selfish, does that mean that we are too? Mary Midgley explains the facts of life.

Vagueness: an introduction (sort of)

Fred Ablondi tells you Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Vagueness. But not quite.

Donald Davidson

by J. Hopkins


John Searle

One of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, John Searle is the author of many influential books, but thinks that in a way he has just been writing one book all along. In June he visited London, where Julian Moore asked him what it is about.



The Meaning of Life • Muhammed • Violent Response


Peg’s Piece

Philosophy Now’s columnist Peg Tittle fires off a few rounds.


Intellectual Impostures by Sokal and Bricmont

Robert Taylor cheers to the rafters the attack by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont on modern French philosophy’s misuse of scientific language.


Ethical Emergency

Carl Maxim is the Bill Gates of philosophy.

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