Issue 71: January/February 2009
by Grant Bartley
International Darwin Day celebrations • Deaths of outstanding philosophers and tortoises • Cleanliness and Godliness — News reports by Sue Roberts
Vincent di Norcia applies his mental powers to Darwin’s moral theory.
Sherrie Lyons revisits Evolution and Ethics by Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin’s most energetic defender and the coiner of the word ‘agnostic’.
Mary Midgley meditates on mind and meaning among the mutations.
Tim Delaney relates how Herbert Spencer, inventor of the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’, originally applied evolutionary thinking to human society and culture.
Massimo Pigliucci recounts the history of the theories of evolution, and asks whether evolutionary biology has ever shifted paradigms.
Charles Natoli considers whether St Augustine had any better reason to convert to Christianity than remain a Manichean.
Bill Capra rebutts a cosmological argument against goatism.
Barbara Hands considers whether it is ever right for the law to limit your freedom of choice and action, for your own good.
Artemis Pittas and Rafael Guzman take a trip through time and space on a boat.
Lecturer Wayne Buck has written a letter to his students explaining what philosophy is, and how to do it.
Our twenty-fifth nexus of nominally numbered nouns neatly nested by Deiradiotes.
Religion vs Science Preempted • The Spray Can of God • Be Not Nice to the Nasties • Two Perfect Letters • Probably Philosophy • Don’t Believe In Me • Be Happy Together • Right to Coerce • How To Do Philosophy?
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.
Tim Madigan on how Darwin influenced the Pragmatist.
by Joel Marks
Raymond Tallis muses on music, memory and memes.
Tony Beavers considers a timely understanding of machine ethics.
Mark Cyzyk finds out how to be a loafing scamp.
Kurt Keefner argues that Americans have had enough of Dick Meyer’s Pragmatic medicine.
Floris van den Berg watches The Open Society and its Enemies, the movie.