Issue 46

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Issue 46: May/June 2004


Trust the People

by Rick Lewis


News: May/June 2004

Philosophy and the Mob • Cloned Kittens • Mice with Two Mothers • Philosophy Comes Top in New Zealand — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York


A Ridiculously Brief Overview of Political Philosophy

A five-minute tour of some political thinkers and ideas by Anja Steinbauer.

Democracy Now

Paul Gregory on How to End Packages and Bundling.

McCarthyism and American Philosophy

John Capps argues that Senator McCarthy’s anti-Communist purges helped positivism to triumph over pragmatism in American universities in the 1950’s.

Plato’s Warning

Stuart Greenstreet on why global warming won’t be stopped.


Animal Rights, Anthropomorphism & Traumatized Fish

Alistair Robinson examines whether animals can suffer.

Does the Philosophy of Art Have a Mind/Body Problem?

Christopher Perricone says that the short answer is “Yes” and the long answer is this article.

Feminism Wrecked My Yoga Class

Reflections on Critique and Freedom by Karen Kachra.

Newton’s Flaming Laser Sword

Mike Alder explains why mathematicians and scientists don’t like philosophy but do it anyway.

Politeness, Philosophy’s Neglected Companion

Raymond Boisvert extols an under-rated virtue.



Stroll On • Pax Gamez • Not So Bogus • Quantum doubts • Fishbones and Excellence • The Spirit of Zapffe • Different Kinds of Causes


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.

Eight Years Old and Counting

by Joel Marks

The Alleged Fallacies of Evolutionary Theory

In Issue 44, Peter Williams claimed to have found numerous logical fallacies in the writings of Richard Dawkins. His article has provoked this blow-by-blow response from Massimo Pigliucci, Joshua Banta, Christen Bossu, Paula Crouse, Troy Dexter, Kerry Hansknecht and Norris Muth.


Eroticism by Georges Bataille

Mark Price uncovers an urgent, thrusting book about love, sex, death and spirituality by Georges Bataille.

The Case Against the Democratic State by Gordon Graham & Democracy, Fascism and the New World Order by Ivo Mosley

What’s so hot about democracy? Edward Ingram considers two books which call it into question.

The Many Passions of the Christ

Our man with the popcorn and the Aramaic phrasebook Thomas Wartenberg explains why so many people have a problem with Mel Gibson’s flay ‘n’ slay epic, and why so many others think it really is the greatest story ever told.


Sexual Healing

Another instructive and improving tale by the risque but virtuous Peter Cave.

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