Issue 48: October/November 2004
by Rick Lewis
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 five-minute guide to the debate by Rick Lewis.
Know the name, can’t quite recall what he thought? John-Francis Phipps explains the surprising ideas of the philosopher of vitalism.
Jeanne Warren on a philosopher of personality.
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 dialogue between Marcel Proust and his valet, overheard by Mike Fuller.
Michael Voytinsky says that the choice versus nature debate is irrelevant to the question of gay and lesbian rights.
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.
Jason Wasserman on balancing the claims of Postmodernism and Critical Realism.
What makes great thinkers tick? Ralph Blumenau examines some theories.
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.
by Joel Marks
Norman Bacrac becomes conscious of the merits of Jeffrey Gray’s new book.
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.
by Sylvia Plate
Memoires of a much-travelled mind, as revealed to Terry Dartnall.