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Issue 76: November/December 2009


Mill Matters Mightily

by Rick Lewis


News: November/December 2009

Bring me more brains, Igor • Public understanding of philosophy becomes respectable • Ordinary language philosophy revival? — News reports by Sue Roberts


‘One very simple principle’

Gerard Casey breaks down Mill’s core principle.

On Liberty: An Introduction

Helen McCabe introduces John Stuart Mill on his own free will.

Censorship, Liberty & The Media

Delilah and Chris Caldwell talk freely about the freedom of information for Mill.

J.S. Mill & Violations of Good Manners

Alexander Brown explores an apparent inconsistency within Mill’s system of ideas.

On Individuality

Erica Stonestreet explores a peculiar aspect of On Liberty.


Dying At The Right Time

Morgan Rempel wonders whether there is a good time to die.

Knowledge & History

On an evening out Grant Bartley realises the importance of perspective and hears George Soros talk about markets, ignorance and the Open Society.

Saint Socrates

Mark Vernon thinks about the lives of some philosophers who lived their thinking.

How Are We Free?

The following answers to this central philosophical question each win a random book.



Our thirtieth original odyssey of orthographical oddities organised by Deiradiotes.



Philosophers In Chains • A Taking Marks Seriously • CS Peirce, Analytic Phenomenologist • Science, Psychology & Supernature • Morals And Money • The Theists Strike Back • Golden Lines


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.

Yes Virginia, There is a Santayana

Frank N. Churchless, aka Tim Madigan, on a vexed ontological issue.

Time Travel Made Easy

by Joel Marks

Crossing The Divide

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci tries…

Zhuangzi And That Bloody Butterfly

Raymond Tallis dreams up a flight of philosophical fancy.


Gray’s Anatomy by John Gray

Floris van den Berg exposes John Gray’s unwilling secular humanism.

Sport by Colin McGinn

Will Robins gets sporty with Colin McGinn.

The Philosopher’s Zone

And now for something different again, Bruce: Chris Gill listens to philosophy radio broadcast from the Outback.

Twilight Of The Gods

And now for something completely different: Tim Madigan watches Nietzsche clash with Wagner.


Animal Lab

Liz Stillwaggon Swan hears the mice and cats run for the hills, quietly.

Farewell To Nietzsche

by Peter Abbs

The Philosopher King

by Peter Abbs

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