Issue 38: October/November 2002
by Rick Lewis
Pussycats “Not Moral Agents” Shock • Industry Recruits Philosophical Engineers • McGill Says No to Ayn Rand Chair • Warnock okays human cloning “if safe”
THE IMPACT OF SCIENCE
Rick Lewis describes what philosophers have thought about science over the last century and a half.
Colin Bennett on the eternally surprising Charles Fort.
Neill Furr on some of the mistakes people make when thinking about reproduction.
Phillip Hoffmann gives a simple introduction to a complex subject.
Terraforming is the artificial transformation of other planets into places suitable for human habitation. A good thing, surely? Paul York argues that terraforming isn’t as ethically straightforward as you might think.
So what’s going on in philosophy of science at the moment? Bora Dogan describes some of the current highlights.
Alan Haworth on Karl Popper, his vision of a pragmatic, liberal society, and his assessment of its philosophical enemies.
Nancy Bunge was taught philosophy by two of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers, Willard Quine and Paul Tillich. She remembers the profound effect of Tillich’s ideas.
Joseph Butler was an 18th century clergyman who left an indelible mark on moral philosophy but isn’t as widely remembered today as he deserves. David White scoured England and Ireland for traces of the man they called The Bishop.
Do we have a duty to give to charity? Kevin Smith weighs up the possible responses to an ethical dilemma we’ve all faced at one time or another.
Paul Kurtz author, philosophy professor and professional skeptic, takes time out of a round-the-world lecture tour to talk to our man in Toronto, Colin Hunter.
Mind and Morals • Mirroring Metaphysics • Chinese Minds • Guns and Thoughts • Impersonal Remarks • Iron Mountain • Socrates’ Prison • The Logic of Nuclear Deterrence • The Point of Philosophy • Women’s Rights • Naked Intimidation • Whose Word is God’s Word?
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
Michael Williams has a problem with George Frankl’s psychoanalytic ethics.
John Mann reviews three books on race, asylum and immigration by Matt Cavanagh, Michael Dummett and Jacques Derrida.
Our philosophical film columnist Thomas Wartenberg ponders the complexity of human motives as he takes in the latest gangster movie, The Road to Perdition.
A short story by R.J. Dent.