Issue 45

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Issue 45: March/April 2004


What is Virtue?

by Rick Lewis


News: March/April 2004

$1 million prize for scholars • Attack of the clones • Philosophy radio hits airwaves • Immanuel Kant bicentenary celebration — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York



Introducing our section on the nature of virtue, Philip Vassallo describes how the ancient conception of arête arose and developed.

The Virtues of Self-Help

Philip Cafaro asks what virtues are prized today, and why, and finds inspiration in a place few philosophers look.


Bohr & Kant & Zeno

Would it not be nice if there were a simple foundation to quantum physics? Tony Wagstaff believes there is; and that the Greeks had it.

Darwin Meets Socrates

Steve Stewart-Williams on the implications of evolutionary theory for ethics.

Love & Logic

After he fell in love, John Dewey became one of the greatest of American thinkers. Nancy Bunge describes Alice Chipman’s impact on Dewey’s Psychology.

Popular Bogus Questions

Stephen Doty says we should rephrase certain questions so as not to be bamboozled by language.

The Last Messiah

The first English version of a classic essay by Peter Wessel Zapffe, originally published in Janus #9, 1933. Translated from the Norwegian by Gisle R. Tangenes.

The View from Mount Zapffe

Gisle Tangenes describes the life and ideas of a cheerfully pessimistic, mountain-climbing Norwegian existentialist.



So Farewell, Philosophy? • Eat Cuddly Bunnies • Pax Americana • Perceiving and Sensing • Dawkins and Darwinism • Pictures of the Big Bang


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 Burden of the History of Philosophy

We’re delighted to announce the birth of a new column by Tim Madigan.

Ignorance is Bliss

by Joel Marks


After the Science Wars

Abdelkader Aoudjit reports on which beleaguered positions are still held After the Science Wars.

Welfare and Rational Care by Stephen Darwall

Jean Chambers explains how Stephen Darwall’s ideas about care connect to an ambitious theory of rationality and ethics.

Mystic River

Our movie maestro Thomas Wartenberg says that Clint Eastwood’s recent film Mystic River is a tragedy – but in the good sense of the word.


On Real and Artificial Flowers

by Chengde Chen


A short story by Mairi Wilson.

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