Issue 50: March/April 2005
by Rick Lewis
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
Panayiota Vassilopoulou and Jonardon Ganeri report on a convivium in Delhi.
Mark Daniels introduces a whole millenium of ideas.
Chad Trainer on Leonardo da Vinci as a philosopher.
Imadaldin Al-Jubouri on the medieval Islamic philosopher who pioneered the scientific understanding of history.
In which Mark Goldblatt starts off by discussing Thomas Aquinas and ends up by killing theology.
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.
Stephen Stewart on a forgotten golden age of philosophy.
Mark Daniels introduces the most famous work of Moses Maimonides and asks – was he a philosopher, a heretic or a mystic?
Roger Caldwell revisits reality (and postmodernism, too!).
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
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
Our science columnist Massimo Pigliucci on a longstanding problem in biology and how philosophy helps.
Barry Seidman enjoys David Detmer’s provocative book about Postmodernism, Humanism and the Left.
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.
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.