Issue 53: November/December 2005
Sartre for Starters
by Rick Lewis
News: November/December 2005
University renamed after Kant • Philos Join ID Trial • Sartre Birthday Party • Odysseus’ Home Island Found • Ontology Hits Big Time — News reports by Sue Roberts
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE AT 100
By Any Means Necessary?
Ian Birchall on a moral problem for Sartre.
Sartre’s Being & Nothingness: The Bible of Existentialism?
Christine Daigle discusses some of the key concepts and ideas in Sartre’s most important philosophical book.
Sartre’s Image in De Beauvoir’s Memoirs
Willie Thompson tries to see Sartre through the eyes of the person who knew him best.
Was Existentialism a Humanism?
Gerald Jones examines one of the most famous lectures in the history of philosophy.
Why Sartre Matters
Benedict O’Donohoe introduces our Sartre centenary issue.
Is Skepticism Ridiculous?
Michael Philips asks whether anyone can really believe skeptical arguments.
Glenn Rawson on humility versus arrogance in the Socratic method of philosophy.
The Machiavelli Inquiry
Casimir Kukielka asks: What might some of history’s most famous practitioners of power politics have thought about the war in Iraq?
The Ontological Argument and the Sin of Hubris
Toni Vogel Carey’s answer to the most argued-over argument for the existence of God.
A Way of Thinking About Ethics
Philip Badger on a classroom philosophy experiment and the ideas it provoked.
Test your philosophical word-power with crossword number seven by Deiradiotes.
Criminality and Cannabis • The United Nations • Triads and Empiricists • Angels and Pinheads • The Natural Basis of Ethics • What is ‘Natural’? • Races and Species • Neurotic Science • Convinced Utilitarian • Occasional Liars • Labeling 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
Existentialism edited by Robert C. Solomon
John Shand enjoys a collection of essays about existentialism.
Introduction to German Philosophy by Andrew Bowie
Peter Rickman peruses a thought-provoking book on German philosophy by Andrew Bowie.
On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt
Petter Naessan examines Harry Frankfurt’s famous little book On Bullshit.
No Exit to Portland
Tim Madigan watches a performance of Jean-Paul Sartre’s best-known play, and learns about Anguish.
A short-but-disturbing story by Mark Richardson.