magazine issue 34 • 2nd quarter 2006
reporter 4news hound news, plus straw poll and mediawatch
11ID carded Intelligent Design is not science – official
15bird brains do penguins prove God’s existence?
18word of mouse Luciano Floridi on an ITentity crisis thoughts 19common sense David Papineau calls for less of it
28Locke’s USA why Locke is the nation’s philosopher
33gratitudewhyeventhegodlessneedit forum 39Ted Honderich an interview on punishment, terror and regicide
49lethal politics Simon Critchley on the Bush administration
61outlawsAntonyDuff on why no one is outside the law
65national unity Richard Dees on how to get it, and why
69bully boys? the ethics of assymetric war discussion 73Roger-Pol Droit capturing the mystery of the everyday
76my philosophy novelist Salley Vickers the lowdown 79the directory listings for UK and North America
80snapshotthelowdown on Bertrand Russell
83theory of knowledge the ninth in the series inducts us to the ways of reasoning review 85new books Schiller, the enlightenment, the religious and more last words 92Bertrand’sbreakfunandgames
94lettersdefenders of Persig rally round
96the skeptic this issue’s column is gluten and lactose free subscriptions & TPM shop page 38
The Philosophers' Magazine/2nd quarter 2006 Here at TPM, we believe in offering you a fair and balanced reflection of the philosophical viewpoints fighting in the ongoing battle of ideas. If you want to dispute that, however, there is plenty in this issue to provide you with ammunition.
For one thing, our focus is and always has been more on Anglo-American philosophy, and the non-English speaking variety beloved of it, than it has on what is nefariously described as “continental” philosophy. Our coverage of Eastern philosophy is even thinner, though not nonexistent.
But more glaringly, in this issue you’ll find both our news features (see p11 & p15) reporting on Intelligent Design theory from a less than sympathetic perspective. In one, we look at how the US courts have decided that it is religion, not science, and in the other we discover philosophers generally dismissive of the claims made by it. Where then is the balance in that, you might ask? It’s a good question, and the obvious answer the philosophers’
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Such is the case with Intelligent Design. Of course, there are intelligent folk who back it, but the overwhelming majority of philosophers and scientists think it is bunkum. Our idea of fair and balanced reporting is to reflect this in our coverage. That’s not to say we won’t countenance approving views, it’s just that we do not feel obliged to match them one-for-one with opposing ones.
Similarly, our skew towards Anglo-American philosophy simply reflects the intellectual world well we draw from. But this, in contrast, does not imply we think it superior. It simply reflects the state of philosophy in our main countries of distribution, for better or worse.
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