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2009

John Dewey, Philosophical Radical


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By Philip Kitcher
John Dewey, Philosophical Radical Philip Kitcher From the 1920s until his death in 1952, John Dewey was more influential than any American philosopher has been, either before or since. For the last half-century, however, Dewey’s major works, once read and studied by philosophers and the broader public alike, have had...

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2009

The Importance of Definitions


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By S.C. Hitchcock
HUMANISM AT LARGE The Importance of Definitions S.C. Hitchcock Much of logic deals with definitions. If a dialogue is to proceed, all parties must agree on the terms being discussed. These simple ground rules are too often ignored in the discourse of the mainstream media, fomenting confusion. For the purposes...

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Theism as Hate Propaganda: Can one be good with God?


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By David Rand
GOD ON TRIAL Theism as Hate Propaganda: Can one be good with God? David Rand Theism, the belief in a personal god who takes an interest in and possibly intervenes in human affairs, has at its core an inherent preoccupation with morals. The interest that such a god takes is...

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2009

This Is It: Confessions of a Skeptic


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By Will Cooper
LIVING WITHOUT RELIGION This Is It: Confessions of a Skeptic Will Cooper The whole thing is unbelievable. You know what I mean—God. So why on Earth when I got cancer at age fifty did I quietly slip back into believing it? I developed a hunger for “something more,” a palpable...

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2009

Church-State Update, Vol. 29, No. 6


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By Edd Doerr
Church-State Update Edd Doerr   ‘Family’ Values It’s a rather ordinary row house at 133 C Street SE—a short walk from the nation’s Capitol—but it has attracted attention of late because of its connection to Senator John Ensign (R–Nev.), Governor Mark Sanford (R–S.C.), and former Representative Chip Pickering (R–Miss.), whose...

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2009

Christian Hypocrisy, World Hunger, and the Secularist Response


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LEADING QUESTIONS Christian Hypocrisy, World Hunger, and the Secularist Response A conversation with Peter Singer Peter Singer has been called “the world’s most influential living philosopher” by The New Yorker, and Time magazine included him in “The Time 100,” their annual listing of the world’s one hundred most influential people....

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2009

Letters, Vol. 29, No. 6


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LETTERS   Never Again? Nat Hentoff, you’re too late! In the last paragraph of “The Holocaust, Rwanda—Never, Ever Again!” (FI, August/September 2009), you say “Some years from now, at a memorial for the Darfur dead, some U.S. president will be swearing: ‘Never again!’” President Obama already did that on April...

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2009

Scholars Probe Religious/Secular Tensions at The New School


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By Nathan Bupp, Ibn Warraq, and Derek Araujo
OP-ED Scholars Probe Religious/Secular Tensions at The New School Nathan Bupp, Ibn Warraq, and Derek Araujo On May 5 and 6, 2009, several hundred scholars, intellectuals, and interested members of the public attended a special conference on “The Religious-Secular Divide: The U.S. Case” at Manhattan’s New School for Social Research....

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2009

The Ties that Bind


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By Janet L. Factor
OP-ED The Ties that Bind Janet L. Factor   We know that doing away with gods and supernatural persons and powers is not an end. It is a means to an end: the real end being the happiness of man. —Robert Green Ingersoll On a small shelf above my desk...

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2009

It’s Amazing What You Can Find By Looking


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By Tom Flynn
OP-ED It’s Amazing What You Can Find By Looking Tom Flynn In some magazines, the editor’s message restricts itself to “puffing” all the great articles in the current issue. Free Inquiry is not one of those magazines. But when was the last time you saw an editor’s message devoted to...

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