Issue 53

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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


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.

Socratic Humility

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


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.

Philosophical Prestidigitation

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.


Understanding Sartre

A short-but-disturbing story by Mark Richardson.

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