Issue 89: March/April 2012
by Rick Lewis
Cetaceans “Should Have Rights” • Philosophers Think About Charity • Movies for Teaching Philosophy • Stubborn Brains • New journal LEAPs into existence • John Hick — News reports by Sue Roberts
DEATH & MORALITY
Nick Bostrom tells us a philosophical parable about death.
Mary Midgley questions the superficial allure of endless life.
Walter Ott doesn’t think so.
Alex Carley looks briefly at the role of reason in the euthanasia debate.
Howard Darmstadter shows us why the Australian abnegator is wrong.
We report on the magazine’s 20th anniversary celebration at London’s Conway Hall, where Martin Midgley gave this speech accepting Philosophy Now’s first Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity on behalf of his mother, Dr Mary Midgley.
Shudong Chen communicates about the importance of communication.
J’aime Wells is an ape talking about the possibility of apes talking.
Tim Wilkinson on the physics & philosophy of parallel universes.
Alistair MacFarlane reveals paradoxes in the long life of the third Earl Russell.
Menno Lievers tells us about the ideas and life of an influential British philosopher.
Sustaining The Argument • Putting The ‘Me’ In Meaning • Pieces of Minds/Brains • Free Won’t? • Civil Wars Of Words
by Joel Marks
Raymond Tallis engages with the dregs of philosophy.
Mark Frankel finds Lars Svendsen’s book interesting psychology but boring philosophy.
Massimo Pigliucci searches time and space to reveal the philosophy of Dr Who.
Alistair MacFarlane finds himself in the foothills of infinity.
Sean Gittins has a different view of film, courtesy of Jean-Luc Godard.
Vivian Todini imagines a modern existential dialogue.