Issue 52

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Issue 52: August/September 2005


Empathy & Imagination

by Rick Lewis


News: August/September 2005

Marx Wins BBC ‘Greatest Philosopher’ Poll • Animal minds • Fears for academic freedom • GM monster weed stalks countryside — News reports by Sue Roberts


Hacking the Brain

Could advances in technology soon give us perfect knowledge of other minds? Bora Dogan investigates.

Physicalism & Empathetic Understanding

Michael Philips argues that the possibility of empathy is incompatible with the idea that the world is physical through and through.

Schopenhauer’s Compassionate Morality

Tim Madigan on the curmudgeon who preached compassion.

The Paradox of Empathy

Ramsey McNabb on knowing how other people feel.


An Aesthetic Justification of Travel

Lindsay Oishi thinks you should travel to celebrate a particular object of art.

Can Mythology Save the Miraculous?

Stephen Anderson argues that religion isn’t simply a system of profound myths – it relies on making factual claims which are really true.

How To Be Much Cleverer Than All Your Friends (so they really hate you)

Part II: Being a Superbeing. Study Bayes, says Mike Alder. Cont. from Issue 51.

Ricoeur’s Negotiated Settlements

Fred Dallmayr on the conciliatory and original Paul Ricoeur, who died in May.

The Bush Disjunction

Paul Keeling on speech acts louder than words.

The Philosophy of John Lennon

What is it like to be a Beatle? Gary Tillery argues that Lennon’s pronouncements, both cynical and idealistic, reveal a sincere and original thinker.

Willing Slaves

by Richard Taylor

A Practical Role for Philosophy

Peter Bowden argues that it is not a choice between education or training: both are needed, and across every discipline. The problem is that the sciences are providing education as well as training, but that the departments of philosophy are not providing the training.



The sixth philosophical brain-twister from the ever-inspired Deiradiotes.



The Liar Paradox • Unsympathetic Review • Kierkegaardian Waffle • Calling for a Spade • Natural Response • Not the End of Theology • Neuroses and Fallacies • What’s Demeaning of This? • Virtue is its Own Reward • Research Strategies


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.


by Joel Marks


Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Education

John Mann finds his encounter with a Blackwell Companion most educational.

History of Islamic Philosophy by I.M.N. Al-Jubouri

Antony Flew notices a new book on Islamic Philosophy.

The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Peter Rickman is inspired with beautiful thoughts by the Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.

The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin Yalom

Andrew Barley enters group therapy with Irvin Yalom.

Bright Leaves

Thomas Wartenberg thinks about how real life keeps on breaking through as he watches Bright Leaves.


Philosophy: The Video Game

Shannon Kincaid test drives.

The Philosopher’s Cellphone

by Mark Silcox

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