Issue 62

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Issue 62: July/August 2007


So, who are you?

by Rick Lewis


News: July/August 2007

Richard Rorty Dead • Plato Goes to Broadway • Mobster was secret philosopher • Joan Callahan is philosophy’s woman of the year — News reports by Sue Roberts


A New Look At Personal Identity

Michael Allen Fox argues that old approaches to the problem don’t work.

A Question of Identity

Bob Harrison questions his identity.


Craig Ross on whether freedom is all it’s been made up to be.

Time and the Medieval World

Arnold A. Smith II thinks there’s always time to consider eternity.

Transcending The Moment

Brian Breeze takes time to think.


Erudition or Gobbledygook?

Tom Shipka considers whether the negativity of communicative unclarity impedes the ontological contingency of non-distance in the dialectic of being, or something.

Sporting Enthusiasm and Authentic Achievement

Hans Lenk reflects on an Olympic climax of achievement Former Olympic enthusiasm.

The Unbearable Lightness of Ethics

Stephen Anderson wonders whether talk of ethics has any substance.

Treason To Truth: The Myths Of Plato

Chad Trainer says Plato betrayed philosophy by resorting to mythology.


Richard Rorty (1931-2007)

Gideon Calder reports after the death of the infamous pragmatist.



Our sixteenth sizzling slab of symbiotic semiotic sophistry semantically spliced then systematically sewn together by Deiradiotes.


Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips is known for promoting the art of Socratic enquiry in cafés, schools and even prisons all over the globe. David Taube met him to talk about his new book, Socrates In Love, a series of anecdotes, interviews and essays based around the five Greek concepts of love.



In Security Issues • It’s Only Natural? • Outta Space • The Rules of Particularity • Anarchist Head-To-Head


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.

What’s In A Name?

Who is Tim Madigan?

Thought For Food – Re: Veal

by Joel Marks


A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology by Mitchell Silver

Joel Marks asks ‘New God or no God?’.

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Mark Vernon questions Richard Dawkins’ state of self-delusion.

Just Ask The Dust

Existentialism goes to the movies. Nick DiChario finds that the novel fills spaces the film doesn’t even have.


Miranda and the Over-Dragon

Nolan Whyte with his second fable about the philosophical adventuress.

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