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Issue 61: May/June 2007


Human Futures

by Rick Lewis


News: May/June 2007

Ancient Aristotle commentary discovered • Robot rights call rebuffed • Philosophers of wine hold popular gathering — News reports by Sue Roberts


After The Humans Are Gone

Eric Dietrich looks forward to the extinction of humanity.

Enhancing Humanity

Ray Tallis peers into the future, without fear.

Gay Adoption

Brenda Almond on why the gay adoption debate isn’t really about sexual morality.

Space Exploration: Humanity’s Single Most Important Moral Imperative

Dr E. R. Klein says we should reconsider the value of space exploration and start getting ready to leave the nest.

What Do We Mean By Security?

Mary Midgley argues that Security is not about the size of your military.


Being and Becoming

Christopher Macann explains the basis of his ‘genetic’ system of phenomenology.

Kant On Suicide

Paul Edwards disagrees with Kant in this recently-discovered paper.

More Happiness Please

If we think carefully about our decisions, we’ll wind up living better lives, right? Jean Kazez asks this question in response to three recent books about happiness.

Sartre and the Waiter

Carl Murray sees things from an Other point of view.

The Bits In Between

John Shand reads between the lines.

What Is The Nature Of Reality?

The following readers’ answers to this central philosophical question each win a random book.


Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)

Philippe Le Pers reports after the death of the ‘photographer’ philosopher.



Our fifteenth phantasmogorial philosophical philological frenzy funkily fused together by Deiradiotes.



A Story of Self • ‘Socrates is Dead’ Claims God • Bell’s Notation Note • Kazez Responds • Research Responsibilities • Betty Wrong • I Am Not That I Am • Weight On Your Mind • Good and Evol


Dear Socrates

Having traveled from the turn of the Fourth Century B.C. to the turn of the Twenty-First Century 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.

Aristotle’s Email – Or, Friendship In The Cyber Age

Tim Madigan ponders the mysteries of friendship.

Who Are You?

by Joel Marks


Moreel Esperanto by Paul Cliteur

Floris van den Berg takes a course in Paul Cliteur’s moral Esperanto.

The Kantianism of Hegel and Nietzsche by Robert Zimmerman

Lesley Chamberlain wants to rescue Kant from an interesting book by Robert Zimmerman.

The Western as Philosophy

Revisiting the Western convinces Thomas Wartenberg that historical progress is not just a simple question of good heroically triumphing over evil.


Double Bubble

Alistair Fruish deals you the straight dope.

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