Issue 56: July/August 2006
by Rick Lewis
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
Imadaldin Al-Jubouri considers how some Muslim fundamentalists justify their aggressiveness – by misreading the Qur’an, among other things.
John Donnelly reminds us that people are only tenants in Heaven by the grace of God.
Colin Wilson explores the more provocative side of existentialism.
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.
Pleasure for the People! Katherine Power considers whether there should be more opiates for the masses (including opium?), but settles for nuts and seeds.
Grant Bartley lays down the law in favour of the ‘right’ sort of heresy.
Ian Smith on why Ockham thought the Pope wasn’t a Catholic.
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.
William Lewis tells us the Graeco-Roman way to keep a stiff upper lip.
Hans Lenk relates to different types of responsibility.
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
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
Lisa Kemmerer agrees with Carol Adams about some of the subliminal assumptions advertisers use to sell their wares.
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.
Adebowale Oriku tells a story about a man who finds it difficult to tell a story.