Vol. 116 No. 10

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THE JOY OF AN ETHICAL SOCIETY Jim Walsh
A richly detailed account of Dr. Walsh‘s sense of attachment to SPES, conveying his involvement with ethics at a philosophical level, plus his plans to raise the public profile of the Society, and set policies in place which will have an enduring effect. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

WHY SHOULDN’T I LIE? TEN PRELIMINARIES Shahrar Ali
A range of ideas on the subject, including: the character and complexity of lying; a definition of lying; the consequences of lying. Abstract by Tom Rubens.

VIEWPOINTS J. Rayner, T. Rubens, P Rhodes

ESSAY: SHAKESPEARE THE HUMANIST Donald A. Langdown
A quotation-rich argument that Shakespeare’s writings show he was sceptical about religion. Many of his characters display a fundamentally humanistic and naturalistic view of life, and regard this world as the only one we can know.

HRL ADDITIONS Cathy Broad

A NOTE ON EPIPHENOMENALISM Norman Bacrac
Consciousness, which is sense-experience, emotions and thoughts, is an attribute of brain activity. But it has no effect on this activity, which is purely physical and actually causes our outward behaviour. Hence consciousness is a wholly passive by-product of brain action, and plays no causal role whatsoever.

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