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Magazine issue nineteen • summer 2002
Editor Julian Baggini
Editor, New Media
Contributing Editors Susan Dwyer, Simon Eassom, Peter Fosl, Michael LaBossiere, Jeff Mason, Christian Perring
Reviews Editor Jonathan Derbyshire
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Contributors Francis Akpata, Peter Cave, Ruth Chadwick, Joseph Chandler, John Cottingham, Steve Deery, Jonathan Derbyshire, Simon Eassom, Natasha Gilbert, Wendy Grossman, Salam Hawa, Mathew Iredale, Sue Johnson, Aaaron Lambert, Tim LeBon, Lou Marinoff, Michael Martin, Jeff Mason, Lyn May, Scott O’Reilly, Gregory E Pence, Massimo Pigliucci, Christian Perring, Michael Proudfoot, Nigel Warburton, Julia Wood.
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contents ews and Features 6 NEWS HOUND Philosophers in government, Gadamer’s death and more
17 ATHEISM v. AGNOSTICISM Michael Martin Should non-believers do more than just suspend belief in God?
9 MEDIA WATCH Philosophy and philosophers in the mass media
11 IN THE FRAME TPM writers How philosophers are portrayed in the movies
13 ROOM FOR A VIEW Joseph Chandler Inside the quirky world of Amsterdam’s philosopher’s hotel Essays 15 GREEN PERIL Greg Pence Are ecowarriors no more than misguided vandals?
Head and breakfast, p13
All in your genes? p20
20 NATURE v. NURTURE Massimo Pigliucci How philosophers need to catch up with scientists
Discussion 23 DEBATE: WHO CAN COUNSEL? Lou Marinoff and Christian Perring Can philosophical counselling respond to its critics?
27 DISCOURSE: AN AGE OF UNREASON? Jonathan Derbyshire Nigel Warburton and Stephen Law consider society’s rationality deficit