Issue 54: February/March 2006
by Rick Lewis
Philosophy TV Pioneer Dies • Confucius Rehabilitated • Limbo to be Abolished • Work on Causality Wins Lakatos Prize — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and John Ruddy in New York
PHILOSOPHY IN RUSSIA
Anna Arutunyan on the lack of agency in contemporary Russia.
Tim Madigan reports from the 4th Russian Congress of Philosophy.
In his opening address to the Russian Philosophy Congress, Victor Sadovnichiy spoke of sagacity and sophiology.
Alexander Razin considers why people act morally (when they do).
Vladimir Mironov on semiotics and postmodernism in a shrinking world.
Tim Delaney shares some observations from his trip to Moscow for the 4th Congress of Philosophy.
So what are the problems that interest Russian thinkers today? Anna Kostikova and Elena Kosilova answer this question with a roundup of the topics discussed at the biggest gathering of Russian philosophers in history.
Academician Abdusalam A. Guseinov on pacificism and the perspective of the infinite beginning.
Miriam Abbott says the Fibonacci series tells us nothing about the natural world.
Richard Baron tries to be good in government.
Craig Ross on how a philosopher with few illusions made a mistake.
What exactly is consciousness? Roger Caldwell looks at the current ideas of three leading figures in philosophy of mind, as revealed in their latest books.
Our eighth crossword concocted by the cryptic and always ingenious Deiradiotes.
Lesley Chamberlain is the author of Motherland, a book about the history of Russian philosophy from the 19th century onwards, and has another book on the subject coming out soon. Rick Lewis asked her about her books and about Russia’s philosophical past.
Sartre Wars • Sceptical Inquiries • Don’t Believe This Letter • Secular Arguments • Miracle, Probability and Law • Race and Science • Missing Virtues • Load of Balls • B*llsh*t! • Let’s Get Physical
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
Marcus Wheeler is provoked by Lesley Chamberlain’s history of Russian philosophy.
Peter Benson bravely reads a difficult book (by Catherine Malabou) about a difficult philosopher (G.W.F. Hegel).
What are the dangers when a director monkeys around with a classic film? Thomas Wartenberg on the remake of King Kong.
An existentialist fairy tale by Nolan Whyte.