Issue 99

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Issue 99: November/December 2013



by Rick Lewis


News: November/December 2013

Arthur Danto • Gunfight at the IK Corral • 3 million Welsh become organ donors • Pope says atheists may not be damned — News reports by Sue Roberts


Does God Exist?

William Lane Craig says there are good reasons for thinking that He does.

Huxley’s Agnosticism

Van Harvey reflects on Huxley’s and Clifford’s reasons for not believing.

Theism, History and Experience

Timothy Chappell argues that standard arguments against God miss the point.

Moral Manipulation & the Problem of Evil

Jimmy Alfonso Licon challenges a traditional Christian explanation of suffering.


Does Psychiatry Medicalize Normality?

Ronald Pies MD argues that it doesn’t.

Thoughts on Oughts

Stephen Anderson reflects on responses to Hume’s argument that we can’t derive moral duties from facts.

Has Philosophy Lost Its Way?

John Lachs thinks it can get back on track.

What Did Mary Know?

Marina Gerner on a thought experiment about consciousness.

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Daphne Hampson on the man many consider to be the father of existentialism.


Simon Blackburn

Simon Blackburn is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a member of the Humanist Philosophers’ Group, a former Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and currently a Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rick Lewis asks him about his atheism.



Camus Is Dead, Long Live Camus! • The Mice of Sisyphus • Epicurean Upgrades • Review Review • Multiverse Probabilities • Selfless Responses • Developing Intelligence • Moral Relativism Is Intelligible • Not Hitler’s Philosophers • Card-Carrying Clairvoyant


That Was The Year That Was

by Joel Marks

What Hard Problem?

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci asks.

Seeing & Believing

Raymond Tallis looks for the missing link between them.


The Bible by Various

Our reviewer Les Reid finds The Holy Bible to be wholly unreliable.

The Big Questions: God & God: All That Matters both by Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon’s agnosticism is knowledgeably considered by Ian Robinson.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

Dharmender Dhillon asks what happened to the revolutionary potential of hip hop.


Chris Madden’s Cartoon

by Chris Madden

Bill Stott’s Cartoon

by Bill Stott

Vadim Dozmorov’s Cartoon

by Vadim Dozmorov

Simon & Finn

by Melissa Felder


Be Not Afeared

by Louise R. Chapman

The Skeptibot

Kevin Heinrich introduces the ultimate in automated thinking. Or does he?

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