Issue 50

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Issue 50: March/April 2005


Let’s Get Medieval

by Rick Lewis


News: March/April 2005

French Philo Savaged • Nature vs Nurture in Birds • Iris Murdoch Throws Light on Alzheimers’ • Pentagon Tried to Build ‘Love Bomb’ — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and Lisa Sangoi in New York

The Cathartic Potion of Living Together

Panayiota Vassilopoulou and Jonardon Ganeri report on a convivium in Delhi.


An Introduction to Medieval Philosophy

Mark Daniels introduces a whole millenium of ideas.

Finding a Philosophy in Leonardo

Chad Trainer on Leonardo da Vinci as a philosopher.

Ibn Khaldun and the Philosophy of History

Imadaldin Al-Jubouri on the medieval Islamic philosopher who pioneered the scientific understanding of history.

Talking About God

In which Mark Goldblatt starts off by discussing Thomas Aquinas and ends up by killing theology.

The Aquinas Inquiry

What would the medieval philosophers who developed the theory of a Just War have thought about the invasion of Iraq? Ian Dungate imagines their response.

The Carolingians

Stephen Stewart on a forgotten golden age of philosophy.

The Perplexing Nature of the Guide for the Perplexed

Mark Daniels introduces the most famous work of Moses Maimonides and asks – was he a philosopher, a heretic or a mystic?


Ships on a Collision Course

Roger Caldwell revisits reality (and postmodernism, too!).

Why Abstract Painting Isn’t Music

Patricia Railing on the point of abstract art, and on how it works.



Deiradiotes strikes again with the fourth of his philosophical crosswords. Have a go, if you think you’re hard enough.



Cover Boy Kant • Faith and Logic • Colin Wilson • Contradictions • Myths and Meanings • Beware of the Triads! • Not Natural? • Consciousness Goes Pop • Trypogaphical Error


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.

Calling a Spade a Shovel

by Joel Marks

Wittgenstein Solves (Posthumously) the Species Problem

Our science columnist Massimo Pigliucci on a longstanding problem in biology and how philosophy helps.


Challenging Postmodernism by David Detmer

Barry Seidman enjoys David Detmer’s provocative book about Postmodernism, Humanism and the Left.

The Return of the Design Argument

Taner Edis reviews two books about evolution and design.


Thomas Wartenberg ponders the classic dilemma of the Good Mother in a film about ethnicity, renunciation and cookery: Spanglish.


A Bale of Woe

The name of the medieval logician Jean Buridan (c.1295-1358) is forever linked to a curious problem in decision-making. Peter Cave recounts his own sad but instructive meeting with Buridan’s Ass.

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