Issue 48: October/November 2004
by Rick Lewis
News: October/November 2004
Derrida Dead • ‘Innate Grammar’ Shock • World Philosophy Day • Life in the Balance — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York
A Ridiculously Brief Overview of Consciousness
A five-minute guide to the debate by Rick Lewis.
Henri Bergson and the Perception of Time
Know the name, can’t quite recall what he thought? John-Francis Phipps explains the surprising ideas of the philosopher of vitalism.
Macmurray and Consciousness
Jeanne Warren on a philosopher of personality.
Souls, Minds, Bodies and Planets (part 2)
In which Mary Midgley discusses the nature of consciousness and argues that the legacy of Descartes is disasterous for our view of ourselves and our planet.
A Perfumed Philosophy
A dialogue between Marcel Proust and his valet, overheard by Mike Fuller.
Gay Rights: Choice vs. Nature?
Michael Voytinsky says that the choice versus nature debate is irrelevant to the question of gay and lesbian rights.
Humanism on the Front Line
Douglas Gearhart calls on philosophers to develop practical moral guidance for soldiers in war zones.
Toni Vogel Carey on a memorable but forgotten scientist and philosopher.
Ships that should Pass in the Night
Jason Wasserman on balancing the claims of Postmodernism and Critical Realism.
The Psychology & Psychopathology of Philosophers
What makes great thinkers tick? Ralph Blumenau examines some theories.
John Passmore (1914-2004)
by Lisa Sangoi
Deiradiotes unveils the second of his fiendish concoctions. Behold his works, ye philosophical crossword fiends, and despair.
Igor Aleksander is a leading researcher on machine consciousness. Julian Moore asked him about brains and language, self-awareness and robot rights.
Derrida’s Degree • Myths and Truths • Debate Warms Up • Threats to Democracy • Evolution and God • Keeping Art Alive • Why Mistakes Matter • Islamic Philosophers & Theologians • DNA, Explanation & the God Gambit • The ‘Ism’
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 History of the World, Part 2
by Joel Marks
Consciousness: Creeping Up on the Hard Problem by Jeffrey Gray
Norman Bacrac becomes conscious of the merits of Jeffrey Gray’s new book.
Encyclopedia of Ethics
Kenneth Shouler praises Lawrence and Charlotte Becker for producing an encyclopedia of ethics which is truly encyclopedic.
Our philosophical film guru Thomas Wartenberg is charmed by Before Sunset but thinks it fumbles an opportunity to examine one of the genuine philosophical problems of growing older.
Philosopher or Poettess?
by Sylvia Plate
I Am Dan’s Brain
Memoires of a much-travelled mind, as revealed to Terry Dartnall.