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Issue 75: September/October 2009


The Drama of Existence

by Rick Lewis


News: September/October 2009

Farewell to two political philosophers • Confucius comes to Houston • Train Your Brain (read Philosophy Now!) — News reports by Sue Roberts


Angst and Affirmation in Modern Culture

Sam Morris on the existential choice we all face.

Oedipus: A Thinker At The Crossroads

Eva Cybulska asks who Oedipus thinks he is.

Reimagining Sisyphus

Philip Villamor rethinks Albert Camus’ famous rock’n’roll parable.

Sam Spade, Existential Hero?

Michael Rockler scrutinizes the private investigator’s existentialist credentials.

Sartre on Literature

Ion Georgiou explains the literary theories of a man who loved words.

Sartre, Kafka & Buber On Identity

Stephen Small on defining other people and ourselves.

Tetris: A Game of the Absurd

Robert Harries says that playing this game is a Sisyphean task, and represents the human spirit up against a meaningless fate.

We Have Spirit, Yes We Do! We Have Spirit, How ‘Bout You?

Dan Sinykin says that Kierkegaard is worried about you.


Can Philosophy Still Produce Public Intellectuals?

John Lachs criticizes the philosopher’s lack of public initiative.

Flunking The Prisoners’ Dilemma

Lawrence Crocker considers how best to avoid a lengthy prison term.

On Roderick Chisholm

Matthew Davidson briefly defines an important analytical thinker.

The Simulated Universe

Brent Silby asks, is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?



Our twenty-ninth matrix of meaning meticulously mapped by Deiradiotes.



Ways of Intuition • The Edge of Science • Golden Words • Tallis and the Word • Books and the Word • Boxing Clever • An Angry Buddhist Writes • Dile-A-Dragon


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.

Taking Determinism Seriously

by Joel Marks

Reflections On Epilepsy

Raymond Tallis applies his mind to his mind.


Love and its Disappointment by David Brazier

Mary Midgley writes of love and therapy.

Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective by Marti Kheel

Lisa Kemmerer analyses a feminist analysis of hunting.

Poincaré’s Prize by George G. Szpiro

David Dillard-Wright is philosophical about mathematics.

Revolutionary Road

Nick DiChario asks if it’s existential, or just depressing.


The Hat

A short play by Zsuzsanna Ardó.

I once saw magic in the veins of things

by George Eraclides

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