Issues

Issue 47: August/September 2004

EDITORIAL

Faith and Thought

by Rick Lewis

NEWS

News: August/September 2004

Hi, School Philosophy! • Oxford Welcomes Careful Thinkers • Holy Rock Tours America • Euclid’s Parallel Theorem Proved? — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York.

PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

Can An Evolutionist Believe in God?

Steve Stewart-Williams says not.

Human Acts in Islamic Philosophy

Are our actions really free or are they determined by God’s will? Imadaldin Al-Jubouri on a controversy that divided Muslim philosophers.

Letter from Antony Flew on Darwinism and Theology

Professor Antony Flew, who is famous for his philosophical arguments in favour of atheism, has contributed these tantalising comments to the debate.

Religion and Truth

Richard Taylor on the proper role of myths and mysteries.

ARTICLES

Assessing One’s Own Open-Mindedness

Are you open-minded? Before you answer, says William Hare, ask yourself the following ten questions...

Education versus Training

City, Liverpool John Moore, Swansea, Northampton ... once again university philosophy departments across Britain are closing or under threat. Peter Rickman makes the case for universities that educate as well as train.

Is an Existentialist Ethics Possible?

Does Sartre’s philosophy give us any clues about how we should live? Yes, says Jonathan Crowe – he showed us that we can’t avoid choosing.

Souls, Minds, Bodies & Planets

The first installment of a two-part article by Mary Midgley.

The Philosopher King, the Veil & the Mammoth

Jeff Mitchell on the political rise and fall of Luc Ferry.

Why I Am Not A Patriot

Carol Nicholson considers the arguments for patriotism offered by conservative and liberal thinkers, and concludes that they don’t work.

CROSSWORD

The Very First Philosophy Now Crossword For Quite Some Time

The cryptically-named Deiradiotes has set a stiff challenge for all you philosophical crossword fans.

INTERVIEWS

William Rowe

William Rowe is a professor of philosophy at Purdue University. Though an atheist, he spends much of his working life thinking about God. Nick Trakakis recently chatted with him about God and evil and other such theological hot potatoes.

LETTERS

Letters

Deliberative Deliberations • Democracy and Terror • Animal Welfare and Pain • Plato and the Heatwave • Philosophy in Peril • Despair, Hope and Pleasure • The Evolving Debate • Zeno and Zero • Virtue and Context

COLUMNS

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 Geography of Philosophy

by Joel Marks

REVIEWS

Nonbelief and Evil: Two Arguments for the Nonexistence of God by Theodore Drange

Charles Echelbarger explains the atheistic arguments of Theodore Drange.

Philosophical Reasoning by Nicholas Rescher

James Thomas explores a pragmatic but idealistic book about truth by Nicholas Rescher.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Our film columnist Thomas Wartenberg laughs and cheers this year’s most controversial satire, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

FICTION

The Meaning of Life

A gripping tale of philosophy, literature and romance by Philip Bellamy.

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