Issue 72: March/April 2009
by Wendell Wallach
Rhetoric teaching makes comeback • Galileo’s finger on display • French philo wins million-pound prize — News reports by Sue Roberts
James H. Moor defines different ways in which machines could be moral.
Susan Leigh Anderson and Michael Anderson relate how their attempts to build ethical machines have advanced their understanding of ethics.
Thomas M. Powers on how a computer might process Kant’s moral imperative.
Wendell Wallach tells us what the basic problems are.
Steve Torrance asks if robots need minds to be moral producers or moral consumers.
Peter Benson tries to clear Jacques Derrida’s unjustly infamous name, and shows how memes spread in modern academia.
Dawn Starin reports on the state of colobus civilization in a small Gambian forest.
L.A. Rowland campaigns to instate Ernest Hemingway as a philosopher-hero.
In a follow-up to last issue’s focus on Darwin, we have two articles looking at memes, supposed ‘units of cultural transmission’. First, Daria Sugorakova explores the concept of memes by pondering how the idea of dragons evolved.
George Fripley remembers four forgotten gurus of government.
Our twenty-sixth ingot of ingeniously indecipherable information inspirationally interwoven by Deiradiotes.
Mary Midgley’s Meanings • Good or Nutter? • Social Survival • The Evolution of Stupidity • Cosmological Dispute Continues • More Probably • What Do You Call A Collection Of Solipsists? A Contradiction • Cleanliness Next To Evil? • Person Holding Forth
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 leads the rise of the robots.
by Joel Marks
Raymond Tallis dives in head first.
Kurt Salaman cheers himself up by considering Karl Jaspers’ views on death and the experience of the eternal in life.
Robert Cheeks transcends history.
Daniel Fernandez gets to know Wilfrid Sellars, US Chief of Epistemology.
Colin Brookes sees perspectives representational and moral in Hanif Kureishi’s oblique study of love.