Issue 64

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Issue 64: November/December 2007


Just One More Thing…

by Tim Madigan


News: November/December 2007

Philosophy Day Utopia • Krishna and Frede Dead • Half-Human/Half-Rabbit Embryos Given Green Light for Research — News reports by Sue Roberts


Operation Rebirth: Captain America and the Ethics of Enhancement

Major Todd A. Burkhardt considers under what circumstances it would be morally right to bioengineer super-soldiers.

Pop Culture: An Overview

Tim Delaney sets the scene for our philosophical consideration of popular stuff.

The Piratical Philosophy of Freedom

David White hoists his mainbrace and shivers his timbers.

The Pop Culture Manifesto

William Irwin on philosophy as/and/of popular culture.

We Get To Carry Each Other: U2 and Kierkegaard on Authentic Love

Mike Austin listens to Bono while reading Kierkegaard, and discovers that they have the same soul.


A Plague On Both Their Houses

Mary Midgley thinks creationists and evolutionists need to overcome the bewitchment of their own thinking and learn how to talk to each other.

Identity and Freedom in Being and Nothingness

Stephen Wang continues our debate on these essential aspects of being human by considering what Jean-Paul Sartre had to say about them.

Presidential Decision-Making: Utilitarianism vs Duty Ethics

Michael Rockler compares two ethics of statemanship for two American presidents.

Whitehead As Existentialist

Colin Wilson pays attention to Whitehead’s awareness of meaning.



Our eighteenth educationally exacting etymological enigma engagingly expressively entwined by Deiradiotes.



No Character • Tallis and the Missing Self • Gettier Lettier • Illogical Lo • Identity Parade • The Myths of Trainer • Zealotry and Other Sins • Exceptional • Further Kraftiness • Balanced Thinking


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.

The Rationalist Dream Come True

by Joel Marks

The Unthinkability of Philosophical Thoughts

Raymond Tallis thinks the deeply unthinkable, as hard as he can.


Is This Some Kind Of Joke?

Tim Madigan laughs at platypi.

Pop Culture ‘and Philosophy’ Books

John Shelton Lawrence reviews the genre of ‘and philosophy’ books.

Pi and the Movie Mind

A number of recent films deal with mathematics and mathematicians. Can we learn something from them or are they misleading? Peter Stone investigates.


Grant Bartley! investigates the film as a distillation of the man.



Kaz Knowlden tells a fishy tale of innocence shattered.

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