Issue 44: January/February 2004
by Rick Lewis
Cloning Clampdown • Sex Selection Ban • Sell Your Own Liver! • Iris Murdoch’s library for sale • Robot Gets Emotional — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York
Neill Furr examines the various arguments against human cloning and finds them all flawed. He says we should proceed with caution, but doesn’t think cloning should be banned.
Peter Williams claims that Richard Dawkins is a good writer but a poor logician, and attempts to prove it with examples of some formal fallacies.
David Gamez thinks we need to revise the theory of Just Wars to say when it is and when it isn’t permissible to impose utopia by force.
Confessions of a Rational Animal Liberationist by Jeremy Yunt.
Mark Goldblatt on a medieval debate with modern echoes.
One of the most colourful and engaging of modern philosophers (and of Philosophy Now contributors) is recalled by Robert Holmes, Barry Gan and Tim Madigan.
Nathan Radke claims that Charlie Brown is an existentialist.
Christopher Orlet wanders down literary paths merrily swinging his arms and pondering the happy connection between philosophy and a good brisk walk.
Mary Midgley explains why she doesn’t believe in zombies.
by Anat Biletzki
by Lisa Sangoi
Materialism For… • …and Against • The Real Richard Rorty? • A Phenomenally Pragmatic Point • Death Penalty • Earth: Mostly Harmless? • What about AIDS, eh? • Join the Professionals? • Philosophy & Divination • Minds versus Brains! • The Philosopher as Choreographer
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
The first of occasional columns on science and philosophy by Massimo Pigliucci.
Bob Sharpe takes issue with James Young’s theory about art.
Peter Benson applauds a beautiful book on beauty by Elaine Scarry.
Antony Flew devours a vastly varied collection of essays by the late Isaiah Berlin.
Ellen Klein reviews a poignant and thoughtful film from her adopted home town of Sarajevo – Remake.
by Kane S. Latranz
Ronald Lindsay on a novel, if slightly desperate, way of funding philosophical research.