Issue 65

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Issue 65: January/February 2008


Nature & Nurture

by Rick Lewis


News: January/February 2008

Intellectuals vs Politicians • Philosophers are weird • Babies evaluate behaviour — News reports by Sue Roberts


Are Philosophers Responsible for Global Warming?

Nicholas Maxwell says we need a total rethink concerning the way we think.

GM vs Climate Change

Andrew Lewis considers the ethics of using GM to help prevent global warming.

Mocking Nature

Paul Keeling reacts with a Green perspective on religious insult.

The Ancient Cynics: The First Environmentalists

Tim Madigan asks, why did the featherless biped cross the road?

The Metaphysics of Nature

Rich Grego compares John Dewey’s and Martin Heidegger’s views on ecology.


A Re-Evaluation of All Values?

William Robins on genetics and Nietzsche’s Will to Power.

A Role For Consciousness

David Hodgson pulls together his experience to understand experience.

Bored With Time?

Cathal Horan is distracted by the eternal search for meaning.

Consuming And Producing Culture

Dzifa Benson compares being a producer with being a consumer of pop culture.

Keep Out!

Following our recent focus on education, Kristina Pelletier asks why there is no place for philosophy in American public schools.

Wilde and Morality

Peter Benson deconstructs the moral intrigues of Dorian Gray.

How Are The Mind And Brain Related?

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



Our nineteenth nearly numinous knot of knowledge numerically knitted with nous by Deiradiotes.



Mary Midgley – ID she wrong? • Great Chain of Being Wrong • Ethics and Reasons • How To Do Philosophy


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.

Things Take Time: The Schedule

by Joel Marks

Who Caught That Ball?

Raymond Tallis ponders the fields of action in which our freedom is expressed.


Philosophers Behaving Badly by Nigel Rodgers and Mel Thompson

Stephen Juan reviews the bad behaviour reported by Nigel Rodgers and Mel Thompson.

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan

Lisa Kemmerer calls corporations to account under the guidance of Joel Bakan.

The Departed

Eric Wills reveals how Nietzschean morality is displayed in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie.


Buridan’s Ass: A Paradox Redux

Adebowale Oriku with a warning about indecision.

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