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11Baudrillard A tribute to the French master
14chimeraphobia the truth behind scary-sounding research
17word of mouse Luciano Floridi on trading in pixels
18the fi lm farm the magical movies of Dan Cotterill
thoughts 21no future Galen Strawson pens The TPM Essay
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forum special 39the making of minds revealing intellectual autobiography from 15 leading philosophers
40 Ronald Aronson 42 Simon Blackburn 44 Alain de Botton 45 David Cooper 46 Raimond Gaita 49 Eve Garrard 50 Simon Glendinning 53 AC Grayling 55 Stephen Law 57 Genevieve Lloyd 59 Michael Martin 60 Jeff Mason 63 David Papineau 65 Jonathan Rée 66 Nigel Warburton
the lowdown 78the directory listings for UK and North America
79conceptual carvery three degrees of possibility
80snapshot the lowdown on Leibniz
82pop culture Why Metallica now want justice for all, not just to kill ‘em all
review 86new books On Darwin, Nietzsche, democracy and the comedy of academic life
27sci-phi how emotional are ethical judgements?
29mommy wars working mothers and the good life
33provocations the morality of oversized big sticks
34making history coming to terms with our intellectual past
discussion 68my philosophy debut novelist Lucy Eyre
72head to head Steve Fuller and Alan Haworth debate academic freedom
last words 92Bertrand’s break crossword, cartoon, puzzle and nonsense
94letters strong views from our new blog
96the skeptic why it’s hard to test a psychic
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The Philosophers' Magazine /2nd quarter 2007 It’s not quite our birthday yet, but we feel like starting the party anyway. This autumn, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary. Back in 1997 we were unusual in that we launched our website before the magazine. I remember Jeremy showing me our fi rst homepage, and how I marvelled as Raphael’s “School of Athens” slowly appeared on the monitor, line by line. Now I’d be drubbing my fi ngers tutting about how crappy the dial-up connection was. The pace of change in the worlds of the Internet and publishing stand in stark contrast to philosophy-time. I was recently reading an article by Alex Byrne in the Boston Review when I Boston Review when I Boston Review was struck by a comment about “Philippa Foot’s recent Natural Goodness”. Recent ? That book came Natural Goodness”. Recent ? That book came Natural Goodness”. Recent out in 2001, when iPods were barely a glint in Steve Jobs’ eye and Saddam Hussein was still happily oppressing the people of Iraq. I only found the piece because our deputy editor Ophelia posted it on TPM Online ’s news feed, which uses RSS, another recent innovation
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