Issue 85: July/August 2011


What Is This Thing Called Love?

by Tim Madigan


News: July/August 2011

Big cache of Wittgenstein notes found • Jenny Saul named Woman Philo of the Year • Getting medieval with philosophical problems — News reports by Sue Roberts


Eros In Plato

Alfred Geier uncovers the erotic side of Socratic philosophy.

Feuerbach: Love & Atheism

Van Harvey considers an unusual critique of Christian love.

Is Love An Art?

Kathleen O’Dwyer asks if we can learn how to love, with Erich Fromm and friends.

Singer & Santayana On Love

Tim Madigan considers the ideals and the realities of love.

The Fourfold Loves of C.S. Lewis and Benedict XVI

David Goicoechea compares two Christian understandings of love.


A.J. Ayer (1910-1989)

Alistair MacFarlane considers the populariser of Logical Positivism.

Colin Wilson As Hydra

Vaughan Rapatahana examines the many heads of the English Existentialist.

Spinning Narratives, Spinning Selves

Pauline O’Flynn tells stories of how our language makes our selves, with contributions from Arendt, Ngugi, Dennett and Merleau-Ponty.

That Shine of Heavenly Light

George Ross shows how Goethe’s masterpiece Faust explored the limits of human reason and foretold the catastrophes of the modern world.

The Success & Failure of Non-Violence

Yoav Tenembaum asks when a policy of non-violence is feasible.



Our thirty-ninth set of steps to semiotic sophistication, signally sifted by Deiradiotes.



Metaphysical Math Missive • Scientific Faith • Time For Tallis • Flaws & Freedoms • (Epi)Phenomenal Response • Angry Re: Marks • Hob-Nobbing With Hume • Capitalism Has Value, But No Values


Veterinarian, Heal Thy Profession!

by Joel Marks

An Introduction To Incontinental Philosophy

Raymond Tallis extracts some principles.


What Animals Want by Larry Carbone

Joel Marks brooks no monkey business with animals’ well-being.

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Philosophical Sci Fi Roundup

Nick DiChario is thoughtfully prophetic.

Avatar vs Mononoke

Alejandra Mancilla compares two films’ views on ecology.


The Empirical Problem

by Peter Davis

Equal Rights For Futurians!

Tony Milligan tells a futuristic story about the rights of future people.

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