Issue 36

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Issue 36: June/July 2002


What’s On Your Mind?

by Rick Lewis


News: June/July 2002

Religious Fervour in Derby • Cloned Rabbits Begin to Breed • Growing Human Organs for Fun and Profit • Happy Philosophy Day!


Consciousness Resurrected

Güven Güzeldere asks where we are now with the mind-body problem.

Crossing Cultures in Moral Psychology

David Wong on two ancient Chinese philosophers with very different approaches to moral reasoning.

Mind & Morals

An introduction to our special section by this issue’s editor, Charles Echelbarger.

Philosophizing about the Mind

Massimo Pigliucci takes a brief look at the history and current schools of philosophy of mind.


Liberty, Logic & Abortion

Mark Goldblatt analyses the moral and legal arguments on both sides of America’s most divisive issue.

Money Talk

“Loan”? “Borrow”? “Growth”? “Seed money”? Michael Philips finds such talk hard to credit.

Moral Relativism & Cultural Chauvinism

Members of different cultures with different values and beliefs come into frequent conflict, sometimes violent. Exploiter or entrepreneur? Murderer or martyr? “Great Satan” or “Great – Santa!” Gerald Lang asks if we can still pass judgment.

Philosophy and the Panopticon

Surveillance cameras watch our every move. They reduce crime and maybe save lives. So why the fuss about privacy? Scott O’Reilly discusses the technologies of control.

What Can You Do With Philosophy, Anyway?

Jeremiah Conway says that philosophy is profoundly useless but incredibly worthwhile.


Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002)

by Anja Steinbauer


Jennifer Hornsby

Jennifer Hornsby is a philosopher based at London’s Birkbeck College, whose interests range from feminism to philosophy of mind. Giancarlo Marchetti talked with her recently at a conference in Italy.



Charlton Heston • Divine Intervention • Arguments and Fallacies • Unsympathetic Male • Boils and Biographies • Sex and Particle Physics • More Science Fiction • Spanish Inquisition “Not Expected”


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.

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

by Joel Marks


Defending Animal Rights by Tom Regan

Lisa Kemmerer cheers on Tom Regan as he defends the idea of animals having rights.

Dreaming Souls by Owen Flanagan

Ilya Farber discovers a dream of a book by the quirky and perceptive Owen Flanagan.

Body Worlds, The Atlantis Gallery, London

Chris Bloor found Body Worlds, an unusual show of dead bodies in London, to be essential viewing.

Eat Art, Busch-Reisinger Museum Harvard University

Anna Winestein loathed the Eat Art exhibition at Harvard.


Thomas Wartenberg watches a radical movie about some unlikely couples grappling with homophobia, feminist ideology and each other in a 1970s Swedish commune… and enjoys it!


Born Free

Trevor Emmott reports on a future project to create perfect freedom.

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