Issue 40: March/April 2003
by Rick Lewis
Computer ‘Brutus’ programmed for prose • Journalist tells cult: come clean on clone claim • American philos vote on war • Alabama governor mandates “ethics classes”
Philosophy instructor Richard Reilly talks to students about questioning God.
Chad Trainer on the limits of Russell’s views on space exploration.
Tim Delaney on the survival of ‘survival of the fittest’.
Antony Flew untangles some confusion about David Hume, St Thomas Aquinas and the fiery fate of the damned.
Mike Alder asks what is wrong with being charmingly illogical.
Lars Elgstam argues for direct democracy and decentralization.
The famous 18th Century Enlightenment was actually different things in different places. Toni Vogel Carey on a tale of several cities.
Tim Chappell explains “Why Euthanasia is in Nobody’s Interest”.
Joachim Jung’s “Withdrawing from Life” challenges Tim Chappell.
Joachim Jung’s reply to Tim Chappell.
Tim Chappell’s reply to Joachim Jung.
Richard Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Rochester and an internationally renowned ethicist. Tim Madigan tracked him down to discuss Schopenhauer, metaphysics and the intriguing art of beekeeping.
Scapegoating Israel • Falsifying Thoughts on Popper • You Must Be Joking • Focus on Philips • The Nun’s Priest’s Choice • A Philosopher Changed My Life, Too • Life and Death • Kant and Babies • Original Texts Pointless? • Faith and Reality • Home on Mars
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
Glenn Branch ponders Janet Radcliffe Richards’ book about the current state of Darwin’s revolution.
The late John Rawls was a giant of political philosophy; Abdelkader Aoudjit peruses Patrick Hayden’s study of his ideas.
Our film columnist Thomas Wartenberg ponders the pitfalls of cross-cultural coupling as he watches this season’s romantic comedy hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
On “No Negotiations with Terror”. By Chengde Chen.
by Raymond Tallis
by Richard Taylor