Issue 29: October/November 2000


The Philosophical Life

by Rick Lewis


News: October/November 2000

Dialogue impossible • Philosopher in identity scam • Last chance for lost souls • Indian philosophers celebrate jubilee


A Philosophical Illumination or A Delusion?

Psychiatrist Eva Cybulska provides a psychological interpretation of Nietzsche’s Eternal Return.

Nietzsche & Evolution

H. James Birx looks at Darwin’s profound influence on Nietzsche’s dynamic philosophy.

Nietzsche & Germany

Stefan Sorgner on Nietzsche’s still-controversial influence in the land of his birth.

Nietzsche & Heidegger: Laminate or Separate?

Bill Cooke on the humanist value of Nietzsche.

Nietzsche & Schopenhauer On Compassion

Timothy J. Madigan explains the crucial distinction between compassion and pity.

Nietzsche & the Eternal Recurrence

J. Harvey Lomax on the love of eternity.

Nietzsche & Values

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.

Nietzsche 2000

An introduction by H. James Birx.


Astrophysics & the Question of Sample Size

Michael Philips on the search for cosmic laws and theories.

More Praise for Idleness

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.

The Yuck Factor

Charles Fethe on the Wisdom of Repugnance.

Theology & Falsification: A Golden Jubilee Celebration

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.

Introducing Consciousness

David Papineau and Ted Honderich recently locked horns at Borders Bookstore in London, in a debate organised by Philosophy For All and Philosophy Now.

Richard Rorty

by Gideon Calder



Natural Selection • The Sanctity of Tissue • Let Us Suffer If We Want • Intentions versus Promises • Course Pleasures • Scientists Need Philosophy


Dear Socrates

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.

Testing Your Moral Metal

by Joel Marks


What Nietzsche Really Said by Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins

Patrick Scott, a new Nietzsche enthusiast, looks at… you’ve guessed it!

Nietzsche Studies (I)

H. James Birx looks at some books on Nietzsche.

Nietzsche Studies (II)

Timothy J. Madigan looks at some other books on Nietzsche.

Film Comedy

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.


Homes For All

A short story by Stephen Loveless-Rees.

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