Issue 56

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Issue 56: July/August 2006


The Big ‘H’

by Rick Lewis


News: July/August 2006

Ancient Philosophical Question Answered • Voltaire Worth 5 Joyces • Philosophy TV on net • Torture Doesn’t Work • Apes To Have Rights? — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and John Ruddy in New York


Fundamentals, Islamists and the West

Imadaldin Al-Jubouri considers how some Muslim fundamentalists justify their aggressiveness – by misreading the Qur’an, among other things.

Heavenly Eviction

John Donnelly reminds us that people are only tenants in Heaven by the grace of God.

Phenomenology as a Mystical Discipline

Colin Wilson explores the more provocative side of existentialism.

Spinoza: Cursed be he by day; and cursed be he by night

Three hundred and fifty years ago, Spinoza was excommunicated. This affords Peter Cave the excuse to remind us of this most tolerant philosopher – of his life, metaphysics and humanity.

The End of Suffering

Pleasure for the People! Katherine Power considers whether there should be more opiates for the masses (including opium?), but settles for nuts and seeds.

The Truth about Heresy?

Grant Bartley lays down the law in favour of the ‘right’ sort of heresy.

William of Ockham: Defending the Church, Condemning the Pope

Ian Smith on why Ockham thought the Pope wasn’t a Catholic.


Biotechnologies: Tweaking Here, Tuning There. Is that all we need?

Following on from last issue’s focus on medical ethics and bioethics, Inmaculada de Melo-Martín says we aren’t thinking deeply enough about what the problems with bioethics really are.

Stoicism: Heroic Acceptance

William Lewis tells us the Graeco-Roman way to keep a stiff upper lip.

What is Responsibility?

Hans Lenk relates to different types of responsibility.


Ken Knisely (1957-2005)

George Leaman remembers a friend.



Our tenth tendentious trial of tenacious talent tacked together by the tongue-twistingly terrifying Deiradiotes.



Straussed Out • Mill’s Principle Pleasures? • The ‘I’s Don’t Have It • Thought and Feeling • Literally Philosophical • Fibonacci Sequels


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.

Luck and Punishment

by Joel Marks


The Pornography of Meat by Carol Adams

Lisa Kemmerer agrees with Carol Adams about some of the subliminal assumptions advertisers use to sell their wares.

Wittgenstein and Judaism by Ranjit Chatterjee

Ralph Blumenau finds Ranjit Chatterjee sympathetic to Wittgenstein’s Jewish side.


Colin Bartie digs the countercultural theme in Slacker and other films by Richard Linklater.


Cleft Stick

Adebowale Oriku tells a story about a man who finds it difficult to tell a story.

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