magazine issue 28 • 4th quarter 2004
reporter 6news hound news, plus straw poll and mediawatch
11word of mouse someone is looking for you...
13into Iraq can a soldier be a lover of wisdom?
18out & about the book that changed Tim LeBon
20highly strung singing songs in seminars thoughts 23rauschSimon Critchley’s TPM Essay
31300 years later Alan Haworth on John Locke’s legacy
37testing times from argument to experiment forum 43IgorAleksanderaninterviewwiththeleadingexpertonAI
47chinese rooms Mark Bishop takes a look at a classic thought experiment
52minds aren’t computers argues Raymond Tallis
56an i for an i Luciano Floridi wants more information
65computer gas Mike Wheeler on the limits of computation
70hard learning Joanna Bryson on AI’s big problem discussion 73open debate Stephen Burwood responds to responses to his article on spin
78NigelWarburtonchatsaboutthinkingstraight subscriptions page 36
the lowdown 80snapshotthelowdown on William James
82the directory listings for UK and US philosophy organisations
83theory of knowledge the third in the series on understanding epistemology
86conceptualcarverydistinguishingbetweentypesandtokens review 87New books by Nicholas Capaldi, Martha Nussbaum, GER Lloyd, Michael Otsuka and Roger Trigg last words 92Bertrand’sbreakfunandgames
96the skeptic hysteria’s repeating itself In a reversal of conventional wisdom, this issue sees TPM trying to look better by becoming shorter and fatter. This new, compact format is just the latest stage in our ongoing evolution.
The constant over our seven-year history has been the desire to publish something that is definitely a magazine, rather than a journal that just happened to be magazine-shaped; and one which featured “proper” philosophy, not new-age mumbo-jumbo or purely speculative ramblings.
Until now, the emphasis, from a design point of view, has been on accessibility. The price we have paid for this is that it has not always been obvious to the casual browser that the magazine features writing of real quality and substance. We hope that the new, smaller format, the more compact pages, and the flat spine together will reflect the meatiness of the content. At the same time, we still clearly look like a magazine and not an austere journal.
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There is a cash price to pay for this new emphasis on quality. Our cover price has gone up for the first time ever. Subscription prices, however, have gone up less steeply, so now more than ever signing up for four issues a year is the most attractive offer.
There is one more innovation in this issue. The TPM Essay is a longer article than previously published, written by an eminent, invited philosopher. Our first is a wonderful meditation on music by Simon Critchley. And we have other great writers lined up for future essays in this slot.
Please let us know what you think about our new look. And if you like it, do spread the word. We don’t have a promotions department. (In fact, we don’t have any departments.) So we rely heavily on the personal recommendations of readers. Without you, we are doomed.
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