Issue 74

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Issue 74: July/August 2009


The Edge of Knowledge

by Grant Bartley


News: July/August 2009

The impermanence of the Dalai Lama-ship • Happiness breaks out everywhere • Bishops still generally annoyed — News reports by Sue Roberts


Analytic versus Continental Philosophy

Kile Jones explains the differences between these ways of thinking.

Evaluating Scientific Theories

Russell Berg has fifteen criteria for scientificness and he knows how to use them.

Is Psychology Science?

Peter Rickman tells us why it isn’t.

Paul Feyerabend And The Monster ‘Science’

Ian James Kidd introduces an iconic iconoclast of the philosophy of science.

Would My Zen Master Fail Me For Writing This Article?

Patrick Cox tells us why Zen has to use words to get beyond words.


Predestination and the Wagers of Sin

Robert Howell suggests a surprising reason for piety.

The Golden Rule: Not So Golden Anymore

Stephen Anderson analyses as he would be analysed.



Our twenty-eighth potpourri of perplexing philosophical phrases perspicuously placed in parallel poses by Deiradiotes.


Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor is one of the world’s leading living philosophers. Chris Bloor talks to him about philosophy and society.



Heroes, Hatred & Human Rights • Credit Where It’s Due • Machine Of The Heart • Switching Glasses


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.

Thus Conscience Doth Make Crickets of Us All

Tim Madigan is startled by the form of the angel on his shoulder.

From Here to There: A Phi-Fi Investigation

by Joel Marks

Hypotheses? Forget About It!

So says our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci.

Don’t Tell Him, Pike!

Raymond Tallis from the home front in the war of words.


A Sceptic’s Guide To Atheism by Peter S. Williams

Luke Pollard finds nothing new about the New Atheists.

C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion by John Beversluis

John Loftus heartily agrees with a debunking of C.S. Lewis.

What We Can Never Know by David Gamez

David Braid peers at the limits of what we can possibly know anyway.

There Will Be Blood

Terri Murray tells us about a Hollywood hero beyond good and evil.


The Bells, The Bells

Kevin Robson drinks whiskey and sees things in a different way.

The Job Interview

Josh Tomlin gets a clear picture of his prospects.

‘The mission of poetry is to make us alive’ – Lorca

Natasha Morgan plans a poetic revolution.

But, Socrates

Gary W. Gilbert doesn’t seem to know the form.

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