Issue 90: May/June 2012


Plato on a Plate

by Rick Lewis


News: May/June 2012

Ruth Barcan Marcus • Alan Turing Birthday Party • Festival Fun & Frolics • Wikipedia philosophy editor makes a million edits — News reports by Sue Roberts


Plato: A Theory of Forms

David Macintosh explains Plato’s Theory of Forms or Ideas.

Picking A Fight With Plato

Ed Fraser argues that the theory of recollection presented by Socrates in the Meno is circular.

Plato’s Just State

Chris Wright ponders Plato’s masterplan.

Addicts, Mythmakers and Philosophers

Alan Brody explains Plato’s/Socrates’ understanding of habitually bad behavior.

Plato’s Neurobiology

Elizabeth Laidlaw explores some parallels between a modern picture of the brain and Plato’s description of the psyche.


Galahad vs Odysseus

Emrys Westacott on honour codes and strategic thinking in sport and beyond.

The Ethics of Taxation

Richard Baron finds that philosophy need not be taxing.

Reason as a Universal Constant

Stuart Greenstreet asks if C.S. Lewis was right that reason proves the supernatural.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Graeme Garrard observes the life of a paradoxical revolutionary hero.

How Does Language Work?

The following answers to the question of linguistic meaning each win a random book.



Don’t Let Life Drag On • Epistolary Environmentalism • Aping Tallis • Meaningful, Meaningful, Everything Is Meaningful • History Is A Thing Of The Past • No Rush To Patent


‘A’ is for ‘Assumption’

Joel Marks on why the world needs philosophy.

Emily Brontë – Philosopher

Tim Madigan philosophizes poetically.

A Hasty Report From A Tearing Hurry

Raymond Tallis has a measured response to numbered seconds.


The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris

Bill Meacham finds Sam Harris’s book intriguing but frustrating.

The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands

Greg Linster is left howling at Mark Rowlands’ memoir of his pet wolf.

Alice in Wonderland

Heather Rivera takes a look through Tim Burton’s movie version from a feminist perspective.


You Are Here

by Chris Madden


My Mommy’s Cookies

By Plato, aged 4.

P.K.F. Robinson (1908-2012)

Michael O’Connor reports on the Diagonalist English philosopher sadly crushed to death by his ‘Philosophical House’.

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