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Issue 59: January/February 2007


Joined-up Thinking

by Rick Lewis


News: January/February 2007

Elephants recognize themselves in mirrors • Pope says ‘Feel free to disagree’ • Grayling launches offensive speech offensive — News reports by Sue Roberts


Help Wanted: Philosopher required to sort out Reality

Apply to Mike Alder or any school of physics.

Is Philosophy Progressive?

Some say that one of the main differences between science and philosophy is that science makes progress while philosophers go round in circles endlessly discussing the same questions. Toni Vogel Carey isn’t convinced.

No Consolation For Kalashnikov

John Forge considers the moral dilemma of the weapons designer.

Philosophy, Science, And Everything In Between

Massimo Pigliucci at the 2006 Philosophy of Science meeting in Vancouver.

Richard Feynman: Accidental Philosopher

Stephen Doty says the scientist was a philosopher, whether he liked it or not.

The Near Death Experience as Evidence for Life After Death

A dialogue by Stafford Betty.

The Structure of Musical Revolutions

Edward Slowik investigates Kuhn’s philosophy of science through an analogy.



Following on from our Wittgenstein special last issue, Brandon Absher shows how Wittgenstein’s style of therapeutic philosophy can help us be more attentive in our use of language in everyday contexts.

Leo Strauss: Neoconservative?

Tibor R. Machan gets to grips with a perplexing thinker.

Ten Reasons Why I Love/Hate Peter Singer

Mark Coffey puts forward five reasons to love and five reasons to loathe the man who has been called “the most influential living philosopher”.

What Is The Meaning Of Life?

The following answers to this central philosophical question each win a random book. Sorry if your answer doesn’t appear: we received enough to fill twelve pages…



Our thirteenth web of wisdom words wrought with wicked wit and wonder by Deiradiotes.



The Word Is Not Enough • Feed The World? • Courage & Complexity • The Art Of Aesthetics • Argue, Argue, Argue • Existence & Creativity


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.

Professional Disillusion

by Joel Marks


Mind by Eric Matthews

Grant Bartley finds a lot to think about in Eric Matthews’ ‘brainy’ pondering of mind.


Is Leon a good guy? Mike Parker analyses the character of the eponymous anti-hero through the moral philosophy of Schopenhauer.


Somewhere in Leo

John Lanigan fantasises at the cutting edge of philosophical cosmology.

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