Vol. 117 No. 1

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‘THE POET OF NATURE’: GEORGE SANTAYANA ON LUCRETIUS AS A PHILOSOPHICAL POET Timothy J. Madigan
Santayana, chiefly in his book ‘Three Philosophical Poets,’ hailed Lucretius as the poetic spokesman for the naturalistic/materialistic viewpoint to which he himself subscribed. Lucretius located human beings firmly within a naturalistic framework, and achieved the rare feat of combining factual accuracy about the natural world with poetic vividness and intensity. Abstract by Tom Rubens.

LET’S TAKE FREE SPEECH SERIOUSLY Alan Haworth
A very closely reasoned critique of four faulty assumptions in favour of unlimited free speech. But then an argument for free speech is advanced which is said to avoid the problems inherent in these assumptions. The argument is based on John Stuart Mill’s view that freedom of thought and discussion, and even conflict between opinions, are necessary preconditions for the discovery of truth. What matters is the intellectual quality of the views expressed in the public forum–whether such views can be regarded as genuine contributions to public debate. Abstract by Tom Rubens.

VIEWPOINT: Tom Rubens

ESSAY: EXPERIENCING ANOTHER’S MIND? THE CASE OF THE HOGAN TWINS Graham Bell
The case of the Hogan twins, who are not only joined at the head but also share some brain tissue, opens up new possibilities for studying whether one human being can share the mental/sense experiences of another. This study could focus on neural pathways and information-flow.

BOOK REVIEW: FAR FROM THE FASHIONABLE CROWD The People’s Concert Society and Music in London’s Suburbs, review by David Morris
This reviews a book of the above title by Alan Bartley. The book surveys the music scene across late Victorian and Edwardian London and suburbs. Some space is given to the development of SPES’s Sunday evening concerts and their objective of providing the highest quality chamber music at the lowest practicable cost.

ETHICAL DOUBTS ABOUT A MARKET IN LIVE DONOR ORGANS Simon Rippon
A wide ranging examination of the problems connected with individuals’ selling their body-parts. The author focuses on the point that social and legal pressures to sell an organ in the market place would be especially harmful. Abstract by Tom Rubens.

A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT Fred Whitehead
While the Occupy Movement members are justified in protesting against the economic exploitation of 99% of the population by 1% of it, they need to develop a mature political consciousness. This means seeking change through a wide range of political actions, including electoral politics.

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