Philosophy Now, July/Aug 2011
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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 aims to appeal to the general educated public, as well as to students and philosophy teachers. It was founded in 1991.
The magazine contains articles on most areas of philosophy. Most are written by academics, though some are by postgraduate students or by amateurs. 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, Tibor Machan, Mary Midgley, Christopher Norris, JJC Smart, Richard Taylor, Rick Lewis, William Lane Craig 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.
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. 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.
Articles from Philosophy Now are indexed in:
- Newton's flaming laser sword
- The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond
- Think (journal)
- Café Philosophique