Issue 57

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Issue 57: September/October 2006


Art and Soul

by Rick Lewis


News: September/October 2006

Philosopher Freed • ‘George Bush Is An Existentialist’ Shock • Student Research Not Involving Beer • Eco-Selfishness A Modern Sin — News reports by Sue Roberts in London and John Ruddy in New York


Aesthetics and Philosophy: A Match Made in Heaven?

To introduce our art issue, Anja Steinbauer describes the troubled relationship between art and theory.

Art (and Philosophy) and the Ultimate Aims of Human Life

Raymond Tallis is hungry to expand human consciousness through art.

Art As Sensation: Four Painters As Philosophers Of Art

Patricia Railing explains the philosophical ideas behind some of abstract art’s most famous abstractions.

Dasein And The Arts

So how do you apply philosophical principles to think about art? An example can be derived from an unlikely source. Reneh Karamians uses Heidegger’s philosophy as an illustration of how to understand aesthetic experience.

How Do Pictures Represent?

Marek Soszynski considers whether it couldn’t look like resemblance after all.

Music & Emotion

Why do we feel emotion when listening to music? Ben Ushedo goes beyond emotivist and cognitivist approaches to answer this intriguing question.

Performance Is The Thing

Dzifa Benson is compelled to consider the nature of performance.


An Argument On The Moral Argument

Luke Pollard and Rebecca Massey-Chase dialogue about the existence of a God.

On the Existence of Werewolves

Chris Durante used to be a werewolf, but he’s into philosophy nowwwww…

Peter Strawson (1919-2006): A Sort of Obituary

John Heawood gives us an overview of Peter Strawson’s subtle philosophy, and explains why his insights about predicates and persons still matter.

Philosophical Diseases

Gregory White examines some of the afflictions to be caught this season while wading a little too recklessly into deep thought.

World Poverty and the Duty of Assistance

Our intrepid philosophical investigator Grant Bartley files a conference report.

How Can I Know Anything At All?

We start this new column with the question which plausibly must be answered before we can answer any other question.



Our eleventh enormously enthusiastic extension of education and enlightenment by the excellently erudite and enigmatic Deiradiotes.



Mystical Science • Tragic Happiness • Deep Fried Chicken Balls • Kant and Organ Donation • Risky Business • Ethical Objections • Marks’ Ethical Remarks


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.

Albert C. Barnes: Cantankerous Freethinker

Tim Madigan ponders the mysteries of friendship.

Unprincipled Principles

by Joel Marks


Action Philosophers by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey

John Snider springs into action over Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s graphic reconstruction of the history of ideas.

Hitchcock as Philosopher by Robert J Yanal

Mark Huston looks at Robert Yanal looking at Hitchcock directing philosophy.

Philosophical Twist

Thomas Wartenberg tells us his hunch about a cunning plan to market DVDs. Is turning epistemology into showbiz a good thing or a bad thing?


Philosophy 1000

Jeremy Gorman recites a learning experience from the history of philosophy.

Out Of The Blue

Kaisley Phillips tells a colourful story from Chicago in the summer of 1960.

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