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Issue 86: September/October 2011


Philosophers on the Beach

by Anja Steinbauer


News: September/October 2011

Derek Parfit asks: What Matters? • Philosophy college launches in London • Leiter accuses rival of ‘misconduct’ — News reports by Sue Roberts.


Having Trouble With Kant?

Peter Rickman says you’re not the only one.

Hegel’s God

Robert Wallace describes a little-known alternative divinity.

Masters, Slaves & Meanings

G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) had a grand, overarching theory of how history unfolds. Roger Duncan looks at the nature of master-slave relationships in Hegel’s thought.

Nietzsche: Love, Guilt & Redemption

Eva Cybulska peers into Friedrich Nietzsche’s stormy psyche.


Roger Caldwell looks at the most pessimistic of philosophers.


Between Dawkins & God

John Holroyd negotiates a middle way between these two much-lauded figures.

How To Get Off Our Trolleys

Phil Badger tackles the famous ‘Trolley Problem’ of ethics.

The Blind Laws of Human Nature

Patricia Herron looks at life and death philosophically.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

Alistair MacFarlane on the best-known advocate of Process Philosophy.

What Is Truth?

The following answers to this question each win a signed copy of How To Be An Agnostic by Mark Vernon. Sorry if you’re not here; there were lots of entries.



Our fortieth thoroughly furrowed field of facts philosophically farmed by Deiradiotes.



Outsider Revisionism • Non-Violent Narratives • Marks on Animals • Philosophies About Children • Artful Doubter • Maths & Reality • Kant Not Dead, But Timeless


Absolute Vulnerability

by Joel Marks

Call No Event Future Until It Is Past

Raymond Tallis takes the time to explain time.


The Immortalization Commission by John Gray

Karl White wants to live forever.

The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

James Williams has a singularily good time.

Black Swan

Dharmender Dhillon watches Dionysus dance with Apollo. WARNING: Contains a plot spoiler.


The Dead German Philosophers’ Club

Carl Murray eavesdrops on an heroic argument.

The Immortalization Commission

by Constantine Sandis

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