Philosophy Now

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Philosophy Now
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Philosophy Now, July/Aug 2011
Editor Rick Lewis
Frequency Bimonthly
Year founded 1991
Country United Kingdom, United States
Based in London
Language English
ISSN 0961-5970

Philosophy Now is a philosophy magazine, published every two months and sold from news-stands and bookstores in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada; it is also available through an 'app' for digital devices,[1] and online.[2] It aims to appeal to the general educated public, as well as to students and philosophy teachers. It was founded in 1991, and has now produced its centenary edition.[3]


The magazine contains articles on most areas of philosophy. Most are written by academics, though some are by postgraduate students or by independent writers. Although it aims at a non-specialist audience, Philosophy Now has frequently attracted articles by well-known thinkers. Contributors have included Daniel C. Dennett, Antony Flew, Mark M. Goldblatt, Ted Honderich, William Lane Craig, Tibor Machan, Mary Midgley, Christopher Norris, JJC Smart, Richard Taylor, and Colin Wilson.

Philosophy Now also regularly features book reviews, fiction, cartoons and readers' letters. Its regular columnists include Joel Marks ('Ethical Episodes'), Thomas Wartenberg (philosophy and film column), Raymond Tallis ('Tallis in Wonderland') and Massimo Pigliucci, who writes on philosophy and science. There is also a philosophical agony-aunt column called 'Dear Socrates', allegedly written by a reincarnation of the Athenian sage. The magazine's contents are discussed in an online discussion forum.[4]


Philosophy Now was founded as a low-budget quarterly magazine by Rick Lewis, in May 1991. The first issue included an article on Free Will by then atheist philosopher Antony Flew, who remained an occasional contributor for many years.

The magazine was initially published in Lewis' home town of Ipswich, in England. Peter Rickman soon became one of the most regular contributors.[5] In 1997, a group of American philosophers including Raymond Pfeiffer and Charles Echelbarger lobbied the American Philosophical Association to start a similar magazine in the USA. The then APA Executive Director Eric Hoffman arranged a meeting in Philadelphia in 1997, to which Lewis was invited. At the meeting, it was decided that the American group should join forces with Lewis to further develop Philosophy Now. Since that time, the magazine has been produced jointly by two editorial boards, in the UK and USA. Other members of the US editorial board include Timothy Madigan (a former editor of Free Inquiry magazine) and Jonathan Adler. The UK editorial board includes Anja Steinbauer, who is the editor for feminist, continental and non-Western philosophy. The magazine is distributed in the US by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

In 2000 Philosophy Now increased its frequency to appear bimonthly. Lewis remains the overall editor, with Bora Dogan editing the digital edition.[6]


Articles from Philosophy Now are indexed in:

Philosophy Now Festival[edit]

In 2011 Philosophy Now magazine held a philosophy festival for the general public.[7] The venue was Conway Hall in central London.[8] The second Philosophy Now Festival was held in 2013. Each Festival was a one-day event involving contributions from a number of philosophy organisations including Philosophy For All and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Against Stupidity Award[edit]

Also in 2011, Philosophy Now launched an annual award. It's full name is The Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity.[9] The aim of the award is described in a newspaper article published at the time.[10] Past winners of the award have been: (2011) Mary Midgley, (2012) Ben Goldacre (2013) Raymond Tallis. Each year there has been an award ceremony at Conway Hall, including an acceptance speech. In 2011 and 2013 this was part of the Philosophy Now Festival.

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  1. ^ The new app is referred to here (link to article in Philosophy Now magazine), 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ Philosophy Now's main online webpage is accessible here (link), accessed 29 January 2014.
  3. ^ See A Century Not Out (link to article in Philosophy Now magazine), 29 January 2014.
  4. ^ The Philosophy Now Discussion Forum is accessible here, accessed 2014-01-29.
  5. ^ See obituary to Peter Rickman, 1918-2014, in issue 2014 of Philosophy Now magazine, accessible through this link, accessed 3rd June 2014.
  6. ^ "We’re celebrating our hundredth issue by launching our very own app for iPad and iPhone. The app was developed by our Digital Editor, the brilliant but eccentric Bora Dogan" - taken from Philosophy Now, Centenary edition (link) accessed 2014-01-29.
  7. ^ "I Think, Therefore I Am Attending the Philosophy Now Festival". Time Out (London). 17 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Philosophy Now Festival" PhilEvents accessed 2014-08-15.
  9. ^ "Philosophy Now Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity" [1] accessed 2014-08-16.
  10. ^ "The World's Biggest Problem is Stupidity". Daily Telegraph (London). 15 December 2011. 

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