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Jun 7th, 2005 12:02 am | By

There are many ways one can divide up religion and arguments for religion in order to discuss or analyze them, many ways one can draw a line down the middle of the room and put all the Xs on one side and all the Ys on the other. (And then draw another line and sort the Ys, and then draw another line and sort their progeny, and so on, until everyone goes mad and the game is over.) One way is to separate questions about veracity from questions that leave veracity aside. To separate the epistemic issues from the moral and aesthetic and emotional, one might say. So on this side of the tavern we argue about whether there is … Read the rest


Jun 6th, 2005 8:17 pm | By

This was an odd item. The Economist’s review of the Oxford Companion to Philosophy edited by Ted Honderich (which, you’ll be fascinated to know, has an entry, or is it two entries, by my erudite colleague) and The Future of Philosophy edited by Brian Leiter. It ended with – with what certainly looks to an impartial observer (by which I mean me) like a dig.

Although plenty of philosophers consult the Gourmet, it makes others of them cringe. Two years ago close on 300, including some from top-ranked New York University and Rutgers, wrote an open letter complaining that Mr Leiter’s table measured reputation, not excellence, and that it was driving good students away from middle-rank colleges in a

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Ricoeur, Metaphors, Mailer, Nietzsche, Sinclair *

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And how entire rooms disappear under piles of books and papers.… Read the rest

Graduate Student Blog Goes Flamey *

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Scab, no-show, tokenism, racism, bad faith, postmodern wanker.… Read the rest

Dementia of Contemporary Conservative Thinking *

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Hitler, Mill, Lenin, Dewey, Friedan, Darwin, Nader all in the mix.… Read the rest

Moves to Make Scientific Research Public *

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The number of open access journals is increasing by the week.… Read the rest

Hitchens Determined to Fight Disgraceful Cringe *

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It’s everywhere once you notice it.… Read the rest

Mugabe Regime Attacks Its Own Citizens *

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Homes, market stalls, food, woodcarvings smashed, people left to freeze.… Read the rest

Kant Predicted Extrasolar Planets *

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Now NASA has direct evidence of their existence.… Read the rest

Kansas Bans All Theories From Classroom *

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Theories never certain, while Bible is, because Bible says so, so there, smarty.… Read the rest

Interview With Michael Ruse *

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The US has not taken the Enlightenment seriously.… Read the rest

Jesus, is This News? *

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Abysmal US news media ignore real news to do all Jesus all the time.… Read the rest

Nick Cohen on Amnesty International *

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‘Amnesty has a middle-class, Western, complacent, white image’ says Irene Khan.… Read the rest

What’s That in Your Eye, Phil?

Jun 6th, 2005 12:11 am | By

Hitchens certainly was busy while he was in the UK. Multiple talks at the Hay Festival, Start the Week, and finally Night Waves. Did I miss any? Did he also fill in for Melvyn Bragg on ‘In Our Time’ and do the weather report on ‘Today’? Did he open Parliament and drive the number 85 bus? Did he announce the trains at Victoria and carry a sandwich-board up and down Oxford Street and sell tickets for the Eye? Was he, like, everywhere, or only almost everywhere?

Whatever, he was on Night Waves, and it’s quite – no, very – interesting. But there’s an irritating bit near the end where Philip Dodd tells Hitchens with much emphasis that he has … Read the rest

Muslim Women’s Group in Malaysia Has Clout *

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‘Sisters in Islam’ letters to newspapers have caused changes in laws.… Read the rest

What is Science For? *

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Simon Singh, Colin Berry, Philip Ball and Tracey Brown offer thoughts.… Read the rest

What Science, What Europe? *

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Mots d’ordre are made not to induce thinking and debating but to produce agreement.… Read the rest

Philosophy Companion and Future Reviewed *

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Economist calls Nietzsche and Freud
‘unfashionable.’… Read the rest

Women Driving Leads to Evil *

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They could leave home whenever they like and go wherever they want to. … Read the rest

The Uses of Divisive Partisanship *

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It is not a virtue to escape thorny questions and postpone larger ones. … Read the rest