Issue 67: May/June 2008
by Rick Lewis
Kripke Gets Centred • Wittgenstein Gets Clubbed • Ayn Rand Gets Funding • Simon Blackburn Gets Top U.S. Honour — News reports by Sue Roberts
Stephen Clark examines how far Aristotle’s concept of friendship might apply to animals, among themselves and between us and them.
Peter Royle shows no vexation over Sartre’s crustacean fixation.
Charlotte Laws cautiously chows down with the Defender of Animals.
Angus Taylor argues that to be consistent, we must either exclude some humans from the moral community, or else include at least some animals.
Jeremy Barris enlists the help of Plato, Ortega and pragmatist philosophy to argue that love at its deepest is our connection with ultimate truth, and that this connection is found in our love for our dogs.
Roy Turner scorns the fact that after Duchamp, critics have questioned the status of ‘traditional’ Western art, making the act of designation the sole determinant of art.
Ryan Ruby intellectually attacks, feints and parries in favour of legally reinstating the duel as a means of settling personal disputes.
Rebecca Hanrahan says that just because you can imagine zombies doesn’t mean they’re possible, or that they can tell us anything about consciousness.
Yahia Lababidi contemplates the implacable calling to produce great works.
The following readers’ answers to this central philosophical question each win a random book. The harvest was abundant, unsurprisingly; just sorry we couldn’t fit you all in. The votes were, loosely, Yes: 52%, No: 31%, and Don’t Know: 17%. So we’ll start with a ‘Yes’.
Fiona Dalzell finds it hard being a philosophical vet.
Our twenty-first frenzy of fiddled philosophical facts fantastically forced into a frame by Deiradiotes.
Rand Stand • Editing Corrupts • Transcendental Truth • Death of Caution • Ecology and Mythology • Population Points • Catching Tallis Out • Science and IDology • Bad Thinkers
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.
by Joel Marks
Peter Cave toys with love, sex and other objects.
Raymond Tallis asserts the truth about the truth.
Ralph Blumenau goes to ancient Greece with Trevor Curnow.
Joel Marks advocates animal rights with Lee Hall.
Todd Walters is delighted to announce that the roles of Socrates and Galileo will be played by Horton and the Mayor of Whoville respectively.