Issue 51: June/July 2005
by Rick Lewis
Alexandrian Philosophy School Excavated • APA Loses Its Head • Philosophy Joke Contest • High School Philosophy News — News reports by Sue Roberts and Charlotte Rigby
Julia Nefsky on the curiously strong connections between logic and humour.
Robert Davies applies some critical thinking to an old debate.
Part I: Design for a Superbeing. By Mike Alder.
A quick and friendly introduction to symbolic logic by Stephen Szanto.
Neil Lefebvre and Melissa Schehlein give an intuitive solution to the famous Liar Paradox.
Nicholas Maxwell argues that science misrepresents its own core aim and as a result, suffers from self-deception.
Phillip Hoffmann on the importance of the astonishingly improbable.
Peter Rickman on the crucial importance of context.
Chris Fotinopoulos on growing up to become a philosopher, on good and bad education and on Socratic dialogue in high schools.
by Charlotte Rigby
Deiradiotes unveils the fifth of his fiendish philosophical crosswords. You may be relieved to know that the answers are available.
Mistakes and Table Legs • Beware of the Triads! • Burning the Library • The Misuse of Language • Species and Families • Some Learned Disputations Upon St Thomas Aquinas • Dworkin’s Death is Philosophy’s Loss • So What Is ‘Natural’?
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.
Tim Madigan on scientific versus religious explanations of ethical behaviour.
Sometimes the greatest enemy of ethics is ‘ethics’, says Joel Marks.
Ralph Blumenau considers the long and distinguished history of Jewish Philosophy.
Bob Sharpe applauds Mary Midgley’s exposé of some modern myths.
John Snider ponders time, space and Shania Twain in this review of I ♥ Huckabees.
If Ludwig Wittgenstein had come from Yorkshire, what might his Tractatus have been like? Dr G.E.B. Smith imagines.
A short story about love by Alistair Fruish.