Issue 32

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Issue 32: June/July 2001


Now We Are Ten!

by Rick Lewis


News: June/July 2001

The Boys from St. Barnabas • Dutch opt for death on demand • Aristotle makes guest appearance in Dhaka • Chocolate shakes theory • Church warms to philosophy


Becoming a Philosopher

Jonathan Rée on Søren Kierkegaard and the struggle to become a real thinker.


An introduction to our existential special issue by Anja Steinbauer.

Existentialism & Literature

More than any other recent philosophical movement, the existentialists communicated their ideas through plays, novels and short stories. Peter Rickman asks: why did existentialism resort to literary expression?

Heidegger, Metaphysics & Wheelbarrows

Richard Oxenberg gives a poetic introduction to Heidegger’s Being and Time.

Imagination & Creativity in Jean-Paul Sartre

Understanding the imagination was central to Sartre’s attempts to understand what it is to be human, and how we should live. Maria Antonietta Perna thinks he had important insights which are still worth considering.

Rodents to Freedom

Matthew Coniam says that Groundhog Day explains existentialism more entertainingly than Sartre.

The Forgotten Existentialist

Matthew Coniam on Colin Wilson.


Dan Dennett and my Quantum Proposition

Stephen Szanto on trying to combine the views of Roger Penrose and Dan Dennett on consciousness by what he calls his own modest proposition.

Design, Yes. Intelligent, No.

Were we designed by an intelligent creator? In our last issue Todd Moody described Intelligent Design theory as a scientific alternative to Darwinian evolution. Here, Massimo Pigliucci takes a more critical view of ‘ID’.

Moral Luck and Moral Theory

Michael Philips asks whether you have to be lucky in order to be good.

On Having One Too Many

Les Reid on the insights the demon drink can provide into the philosophy of mind.


Donald Davidson

Donald Davidson’s theories about mind and language have been incredibly influential in shaping modern analytic philosophy. Giancarlo Marchetti recently asked him about his life and his ideas.

Hans Saner

Hans Saner is both an original thinker and a link to the great days of existentialism. Filiz Peach asked him about his relationship with Karl Jaspers, and about the future of philosophy.


Bombing Baghdad

On 16th February, it was widely reported that American and British planes had bombed a suburb of Baghdad, causing a number of civilian deaths. In our last issue we invited readers to say what they thought about the incident.


Electronics Explained • Virtue and the Value of Life • Dismissing Christianity? • Plato’s Ladder of Food • Singer Hits Right Note • Enquiry Not Certainty • Australian philosophers migrating • Hacking the Illusions • We’re All Desperately Wicked • Mysterious Designs • The Death Penalty


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.

The Right Way to Make a Left Turn

by Joel Marks


Logic and its Limits by Patrick Shaw

Edward Ingram enjoys a surprisingly lively introduction to logic by Patrick Shaw.

Towards the Definition of Philosophy by Martin Heidegger

Roger Caldwell reads some never-before translated lectures by an ambitious young Martin Heidegger.

The Truman Show

Have you ever wondered whether everyone talks about you behind your back? Whether they are all keeping something from you? John McGuire discusses the Cartesian nightmare that is The Truman Show.


Major Change

A short story by Michael Wreen, with apologies to Raymond Chandler.

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