Issue 29: October/November 2000
by Rick Lewis
Dialogue impossible • Philosopher in identity scam • Last chance for lost souls • Indian philosophers celebrate jubilee
Psychiatrist Eva Cybulska provides a psychological interpretation of Nietzsche’s Eternal Return.
H. James Birx looks at Darwin’s profound influence on Nietzsche’s dynamic philosophy.
Stefan Sorgner on Nietzsche’s still-controversial influence in the land of his birth.
Bill Cooke on the humanist value of Nietzsche.
Timothy J. Madigan explains the crucial distinction between compassion and pity.
J. Harvey Lomax on the love of eternity.
Nietzsche rejected all conventional morality but he wasn’t a nihilist – he called for a “re-evaluation of all values”. Alexander V. Razin describes the gulf separating him from that other great moralist, Immanuel Kant.
An introduction by H. James Birx.
Michael Philips on the search for cosmic laws and theories.
Bertrand Russell argued that the time spent working by an average person should be drastically reduced, work being an overrated virtue. Paul Western believes that ‘idleness’ is still not valued highly enough.
Charles Fethe on the Wisdom of Repugnance.
Can religious beliefs be disproved? If not, what does this imply? 1950 saw the first appearance of a short article which changed the way theologians look at the problem. Antony Flew describes the circumstances in which he wrote it, and we mark the anniversary by reprinting his original article.
David Papineau and Ted Honderich recently locked horns at Borders Bookstore in London, in a debate organised by Philosophy For All and Philosophy Now.
by Gideon Calder
Natural Selection • The Sanctity of Tissue • Let Us Suffer If We Want • Intentions versus Promises • Course Pleasures • Scientists Need Philosophy
Having returned from the turn of the Fourth Century B.C. to the turn of the Twenty-First A.D., Socrates has eagerly signed on as a Philosophy Now columnist so that he may continue to carry out his divinely-inspired dialogic mission.
by Joel Marks
Patrick Scott, a new Nietzsche enthusiast, looks at… you’ve guessed it!
H. James Birx looks at some books on Nietzsche.
Timothy J. Madigan looks at some other books on Nietzsche.
What became of the raucous laughter and inspired slapstick anarchism of the early silent comedies? Our regular film commentator Thomas Wartenberg traces the trajectory of film comedy from laughter to romance.
A short story by Stephen Loveless-Rees.