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Issue 68: July/August 2008


Analyze This!

by Rick Lewis


News: July/August 2008

Doctors to redefine what is normal • Speed learning trial quickly shows benefits • Charles Taylor prized in Kyoto — News reports by Sue Roberts and Cameron Pritchard


Happiness, Virtue and Tyranny

Matthew Pianalto looks at the difference between psychological and philosophical concepts of happiness.

Psychoanalysis & Philosophy (I)

Cathal Horan analyses Freud through the eyes of Hegel and Schopenhauer.

Psychoanalysis & Philosophy (II)

Eva Cybulska on Freud’s unconscious debt to Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

The Blood of the 3,000

Jeffrey Gordon reflects on 9/11, and sees that it didn’t wake us.

The Full Revelation of the Self: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Birth of Deep Autobiography

Peter Abbs recounts how Rousseau undertook a psychological self-examination a century before psychoanalysis.


Chance & Human Error in Spinoza and Lucretius

Melissa Shew chances to wonder about the influence of doubt and human error in our lives.

Daniel Dennett: Autobiography (Part 1)

What makes a philosopher? In the first of a two-part mini-epic, Daniel C. Dennett contemplates a life of the mind – his own. Part 1: The pre-professional years.

The Philosopher-Mom

Kalynne Hackney Pudner applies logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and the history of philosophy to family life at large.

The Psychoanalysis of Soccer

Stephen Longstaffe forwards an analysis by Marcel Sturrock, Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies at Watt University College (motto: “Watt U.C. is what you get!”), and the author of This Game Which Is Not One Half, Trevor.



Our twenty-second serried sequence of sophia’s scrambled secrets sorted squarely by Deiradiotes.



Animal Reflexes • The Inconceivable Truth • Beauty and Artfulness • Fear of Equality • Environmental Mistakes • Musically Minded


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.

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Tim Madigan presents a symbol most fowl for philosophy.

Iatrogenic Torture: Just when you thought you had enough to worry about

by Joel Marks

Is Science Going To End?

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci asks.

The Professor of Data-Lean Generalisations

Raymond Tallis puts forward a very specific argument.


Malebranche by Andrew Pyle

Roger Caldwell has occasion to consider Andrew Pyle’s ideas on Malebranche.

Minds and Computers: An Introduction to AI by Matt Carter

Nicholas Everitt thinks about Matt Carter thinking about computers thinking.

Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to his life and work by Gary Lachman

John Lanigan tunes into Rudolf Steiner thanks to Gary Lachman.

The Counterfeiters

Thomas Wartenberg finds that extreme circumstances can bring out a person’s true moral character.

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