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Issue 70: November/December 2008


Utopia: Living in a Nowhere Land

by Tim Madigan


News: November/December 2008

Faith, science and free speech in the UK • ‘Memory eraser’ experiments • Enlightenment thinkers go online — News reports by Sue Roberts


An Epicurean Ideal

David Suits fearlessly pursues a materialistic life of simple pleasures.

John Humphrey Noyes: Philosopher of Bible Communism

David White contemplates a life of sex and sermons.

Plato’s Republic: A Utopia For The Individual

Alfred Geier says it’s not about the state of the state.

The Better-Best Fallacy

Toni Vogel Carey argues that perfection is over-rated.

Thoreau’s ‘Paradise To Be Regained’

James Moran considers the archetypal American antedeluvian’s criticism of someone else’s technological paradise.

Visions of a Perfect World

Debra Trione encourages American leaders to make their visions of utopia real.


Daniel C. Dennett: Autobiography (Part 3)

Dan Dennett continues to philosophically reflect on his philosophical life. This third and final episode covers 2003 to the present.

Do Philosophers Talk Nonsense?

Ian Dearden may or may not…

Searching For Santa

Sam Morris scatters solstice scepticism over the stories of the saint with the supersonic sleigh.

Switching Wine Glasses

Lawrence Crocker asks when it’s right to do the Chateau shuffle.

The XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Filiz Peach reports from the World Congress in Seoul, 30th July – 5th August 2008.

Who Is The Best Philosopher?

The following answers to this essential piece of philosophical gossip each win a signed copy of The Kingdom of Infinite Space by Raymond Tallis. In the best philosophical tradition, nobody got more than one unequivocal vote, so nobody is unequivocally the best.



Our twenty-fourth mighty mental maze meticulously meditated by Deiradiotes.



Transcendental in Trentham • No Problem? • Infantile Art • Improbably Philosophy • Thoughts On Dennett • Further Shots At Freedom • The Music of Understanding


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.


by Joel Marks

The Old and The New

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci compares their values.

Some Points About Pointing

Raymond Tallis shows that the gesture is not so obvious.


2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

Nick DiChario envisions a not-so-rosy future courtesy of Kurt Vonnegut.

Being in Pain by Abraham Olivier

Vince Luizzi gets a new focus on pain from Abraham Olivier.

Nietzsche and Morality

Roger Caldwell responds to an analysis of Nietzsche’s morality.

Nonsense On Stilts? A Quaker View of Human Rights

Mark Frankel examines Quaker perspectives on human rights.

The Wire

Our film columnist Thomas Wartenberg talks about television for a change, as he stares down a cable at The Wire.


Highgate Cemetery

Shanta Acharya feels gentle intimations.

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