Issue 55

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Issue 55: May/June 2006


The Stuff of Life

by Rick Lewis


News: May/June 2006

Peter Strawson dies • 14th Philosophy Olympics • Pope endorses erotic love • Philosophy President not Philosopher King — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and John Ruddy in New York


Bioethics Now

Jeffrey Spike explains the place of medical ethics within bioethics and in relation to philosophy.

Lessons (Not) Learned

Robert Card on the ethics of medical care at the end of life.

On Altruistic Living Kidney Donation

Kidney specialist Mahendra Govani recommends a particular variety of evolved ethical behaviour.

Three Guys with Failing Organs vs One Guy with Good Organs

Michael Voytinsky finds another take on a classic utilitarian dilemma.

Xenotransplantation: For and Against

by Ololade Olakanmi and Laura Purdy


Birthday Special: John Stuart Mill

Peter Cave of his own free will lists 21 things – and more – that you probably didn’t know about John Stuart Mill.

Leo Strauss: Tributes And Reflections

William Bluhm and Alfred Geier offer non-neo-con views on their old teacher.

The Notebook

Katherine Power explores the advantage of having an extended mind.



Our ninth cryptic crossword cleverly composed (as is customary) by the convivially cunning Deiradiotes.


Baroness Mary Warnock

Baroness Mary Warnock is one of Britain’s leading moral philosophers and has also chaired several official commissions of enquiry, including the Committee on Human Fertility and Embryology in the 1980s. She’s currently writing a book in response to Lord Joffe’s Bill, ‘Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill’. Rick Lewis interviewed her at the House of Lords.



Russian Responses • The Sartre Continues • A Dream Letter • Autonomous Writing • Missing Virtues • Good Breeding? • Revisions And Improvements • Deductive Inductive Reasoning • Infinite Ignorance • Open Ended


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.

Forward to Methusaleh

Tim Madigan hopes to not die before he gets old.

Stop Think

by Joel Marks

Is Ethics a Science?

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci asks.


After Theory by Terry Eagleton

Abdelkader Aoudjit discusses Terry Eagleton’s take on what comes after postmodernism.

Choosing Children by Jonathan Glover

John Lanigan considers problems Jonathan Glover has with Choosing Children.

Seven Samurai

See a cinematic classic from a post-Hegelian perspective. Danny O’Donnell reviews Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.


The Placebo Effect

A short story by Emrys Westacott about drugs, money and bioethics.

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