Issue 88

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Issue 88: January/February 2012



by Tim Delaney


News: January/February 2012

Mary Midgley wins Philosophy Now award • Philosophers & physicists discuss particles • Mixed-up monkeys ‘better than mice’ — News reports by Sue Roberts


The Five Horrorists

Tim Delaney foresees five threats to sustaining global civilization.

Three Challenges For Environmental Philosophy

Jim Moran explains why saving the planet will be an uphill struggle.

Ecological Ethics

Tim Madigan asks, what is the right attitude to take to all life?

Rethinking the Discourse

Kevin Gibson wants to revise an influential way of thinking about sustainability.


Hypotheses (Non) Fingo

Toni Vogel Carey considers Sir Isaac Newton’s most (in)famous remark.

Beyond the Laws of Nature

Russell Berg gives us a brief philosophical tour of the history of scientific theorising.

The Meaning of ‘Meaning’

Stephen Anderson asks what we mean when we ask if existence has a meaning.

History: The Study of the Subjective and Unimportant

Ben Adams wants to humanise history.

Sir Karl Popper (1902-1994)

Alistair MacFarlane observes the logic of Karl Popper’s discoveries.

How Can I Be Happy?

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



Our very last lattice of logico-linguistic loopiness by Deiradiotes.



Thoughtful Responses • Save The Species • The Trolley Debate Rolls Forward • On And On And On With God • Points of Cosmic Order • Delightfully Disconnected


Advance Directive

by Joel Marks

Reflective Equilibrium

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci finds himself deep in it.

A Conversation with my Neighbour

Raymond Tallis replies to Joel Marks.


Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity by Raymond Tallis

Daryn Green is of one mind (almost) with Raymond Tallis.

Learning from Words: Testimony as a Source of Knowledge by Jennifer Lackey

David Fraser examines the validity of Jennifer Lackey’s testimony.


Heather Rivera dreams up a film review. Or does she?


The Bottle

Peter Colbourne tells us a tale of lost philosophers.

Bishop Berkeley Gives Comfort To His Wife

by Roger Caldwell

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