Issue 52: August/September 2005
by Rick Lewis
Marx Wins BBC ‘Greatest Philosopher’ Poll • Animal minds • Fears for academic freedom • GM monster weed stalks countryside — News reports by Sue Roberts
Could advances in technology soon give us perfect knowledge of other minds? Bora Dogan investigates.
Michael Philips argues that the possibility of empathy is incompatible with the idea that the world is physical through and through.
Tim Madigan on the curmudgeon who preached compassion.
Ramsey McNabb on knowing how other people feel.
Lindsay Oishi thinks you should travel to celebrate a particular object of art.
Stephen Anderson argues that religion isn’t simply a system of profound myths – it relies on making factual claims which are really true.
Part II: Being a Superbeing. Study Bayes, says Mike Alder. Cont. from Issue 51.
Fred Dallmayr on the conciliatory and original Paul Ricoeur, who died in May.
Paul Keeling on speech acts louder than words.
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.
by Richard Taylor
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
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
John Mann finds his encounter with a Blackwell Companion most educational.
Antony Flew notices a new book on Islamic Philosophy.
Peter Rickman is inspired with beautiful thoughts by the Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.
Andrew Barley enters group therapy with Irvin Yalom.
Thomas Wartenberg thinks about how real life keeps on breaking through as he watches Bright Leaves.
Shannon Kincaid test drives.
by Mark Silcox