Issue 94: January/February 2013
The first few articles in this issue look at literature and its contributions to ethics, to political philosophy, and to our understanding of the nature of language. We asked the very philosophical novelist and short story writer Tibor Fischer to kick things off with a few words about the relationship between philosophy and literature.
Ben Goldacre wins Against Stupidity Award • A Theory of Justice: The Musical! • Philosophy helps schoolchildren to shine — News reports by Sue Roberts
READING, WRITING, THINKING
Thomas Rodham keenly observes Jane Austen’s exacting ethical expertise.
Mark Chou argues that the performance of tragedies helped establish democracy.
Meghan Bidwell ponders language and silence in the short stories of Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway.
Yahia Lababidi meditates on the aesthetics and ethics of two great contrarians.
Kimberly Blessing tells us René Descartes’ advice on reading philosophy.
Helen McCabe considers problems with different ideals of equality.
Simon Smith argues that many discussions of abortion miss the point.
Malcolm E. Brown and Steve Hubbard ask if scientific laws are fact or fiction.
Alistair MacFarlane considers the being and times of the writer of Being and Time.
The following answers to this question of wisdom each win a random book.
Graham Nerlich remembers an amiable and versatile Australian philosopher.
William Irwin edits Blackwell’s ‘Philosophy And Pop Culture’ book series. Grant Bartley asks him about Black Sabbath & Philosophy.
Returning To Nietzsche • It’s Not Immaterial • Buddhist Recommends Desires • McGavin Rejoins Dennett • Mindful of Tallis • Doubting The Truth
by Joel Marks
Tim Madigan takes up a very gentlemanly system of morals.
Raymond Tallis is itching to find out.
Richard Baron forms some beliefs about Wolfgang Spohn’s book.
Nikki Dekker doesn’t think too much of Ray Jackendoff’s book.
David Fraser is introduced to Donald Davidson’s thinking by Kathrin Glüer.
Jonathan Barfield argues that an Existentialist trumps a Christian interpretation of this popular Disney parable.
by Melissa Felder
by Bill Stott
by Bill Stott
Daryn Green takes a satirical swipe at philosophical disengagement.