magazine issue 29 • 1st quarter 2005
reporter 6news hound news, plus straw poll and mediawatch
9word of mouse can the Internet determine elections?
11bad boys philosophers behaving badly
14out & about must we talk about Harry Potter?
16teach thyself the changing face of introductions thoughts 17choosing belief Chris Norris pens the TPM Essay
24sci-phimeetour little relatives
forum 38the symposium a Greek tradition comes to Soho, London
45what a union! Genevieve Lloyd on love in Descartes and Spinoza
49being in sync Nancy Sherman on the triumph of love
52unfit to wed Jonathan Derbyshire on the love lives of philosophers
54right loving Raja Halwani questions love’s morality
58what is love? Peter Goldie on the wrong answer
63real love Michael Lacewing on love as world-maker discussion 67my philosophy Alexander McCall Smith shows his Socratic side
70head to head Chris Bertram and Jeremy Stangroom lock horns on blogging
75Arthur C Danto chats about the end of art the lowdown 79the directory listings for UK and North America
80snapshotthelowdown on Max Stirner
82theory of knowledge the fourth in the introductory series
85conceptualcarveryonsenseandreference review 87New books by John Harris, Colin McGinn and others last words 92Bertrand’sbreakfunandgames
96the skeptic predicting election winners plus • subscriptions page 10 • spell shocked p48
The Philosophers' Magazine/1st quarter 2005 Response to the new format of TPM has been very encouraging, with the vast majority of feedback we have received positive. (See letters, p 94) This is especially heartening because received wisdom is that regular readers of magazines and newspapers don’t initially like major changes, even when, in the long term, they come to see them as improvements. Perhaps our readers, clever lot that you are, can just easily see through these short-term biases of thought.
One immediate effect of the change has been an increase in the number of Barnes & Noble stores in the US stocking us. So if you have found us on their shelves for the first time, welcome. And if you’re sitting in the in-store cafė browsing, for goodness sake buy it!
Building on last issue’s drastic shape change, we have some more editorial innovations this time. First, we are beginning a new series called “my philosophy” in which people who are famous for things other than philosophy discuss the philosophers’
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the impact the subject has had on their own lives and thought. The series begins with the bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith, who, it turns out, is probably as much a philosopher as anyone.
A second, smaller change is that we are starting our reviews section with one longer piece, to allow more detailed discussion of a significant recent book.
Finally, this issue features four pieces offering personal responses to the death of Jacques Derrida. Derrida had more than his fair share of critics in America and Britain, but we did not feel this was the time to hear what they had to say. For the many of us who are more familiar with the oft-ridiculed caricature of Derrida than the thinker himself, these articles provide an opportunity to begin a more serious reappraisal of this most influential of thinkers.
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