Issue 69: September/October 2008
by Anja Steinbauer
Italian Festival of Philosophy • Nagel Nabs Morality Prize • Atheists Urged to Be More Cuddly — News reports by Sue Roberts
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR
Pauline O’Flynn explores de Beauvoir’s argument that punishment is necessary to demonstrate that the degradation of humanity can never be ignored.
Felicity Joseph finds that sometimes it’s hard to become a woman.
Annina Lehmann argues that wearing lipstick is a choice which shows that though we’re influenced by society, we can still make decisions about who we want to be.
Charlotte Moore freely subjects de Beauvoir’s ethics to a discerning scrutiny.
Sally Scholz traces the major currents of Simone de Beauvoir’s main work.
Daniel C. Dennett reflects on his philosophical life, in this episode from the time he received his first academic post, at the University of California, up to 2003.
Mark Vernon says don’t do philosophy, become a philosopher!
Chad Trainer seeks out the causes of the birth of Western philosophy.
Hans Lenk on symbols, interpretation and the nature of thought.
Our twenty-third thoroughly thrilling textual teaser thoughtfully thrown together by Deiradiotes.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has had a run-away success with The Black Swan, a book about surprise run-away successes. Constantine Sandis talks with him about knowledge and scepticism.
Gordon’s Destructive Creativity • Just Words • Steiner Decliner • The Heart of Art • Free Existential Joke • Extraordinary Ethical Extractions • Not A Single Dual • Freedom Fudge • What Is Free Will, Anyway?
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
Raymond Tallis is sceptical about Moore’s scepticism about scepticism.
Petter Naessan talks Ray Jackendoff’s cultured thinking.
Marcus Wheeler reads a Bible story by Karen Armstrong.
Les Reid sees through a lens darkly with Mark Conard.
Grant Bartley looks behind the images of the film Robots to find three perspectives on artistic greatness.
Peter Worley’s heroine discovers that love goes deeper than the senses can penetrate.
Juke James thinks himself into a poem.