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A couple of issues back we featured a series of comics called Action Philosophers! If you read this issue of TPM , however, that title will seem much less oxymoronically funny that it did back then. While describing this edition as “all-action” might be stretching it a bit, there’s certainly plenty of activity to be found within. Richard Shusterman’s lead essay (p18) sets the tone with an argument that mind and body are so closely linked that to do philosophy without attending to such factors as breathing, posture and physical health is as crazy as trying to run a marathon in flip-flops. His thesis is so out-ofkilter with dominant thinking about philosophy that it comes as a surprise to find his arguments extremely credible indeed. Our forum (p45) also concerns the need to do and not just think. It concerns our duties (or lack of them) to help the developing world. Jonathan Glover (p49) believes that, although philosophers may not be best equipped to actually alleviate suffering directly, they do have a

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role in arguing the moral case for a fairer world in which abject poverty becomes a thing of the past. It’s a challenging argument that is likely to leave you wondering if even your most basic consumer non-essentials are obscene luxuries. The action doesn’t stop there, however. We have a guide to the philosophy of flirting that might just have some practical implications (p37), a discussion of Ted Honderich’s controversial television programme about terrorism (p80), an explanation of why giving up smoking might be so difficult because it’s irrational (p27), news on the release of a dissident Iranian academic (p14), and a review of a book on the philosophy of gardening as an activity (p88). Fortunately for Action Philosophers (check out their new anthology and “Hate The French” issue, by the way), they have more jokes than just their title. Otherwise it would be back to the drawing board for a new comedy concept. Sexy Philosophers , anyone?

Malik, David Miller, Tristan Moyle, Michel Petheram, Duncan Pritchard, Janet Radliffe Richards, Fred Rauscher, Kieran Setiya, Bart Shultz, Steve Schwartz, Richard Shusterman, Peter Singer, Mark Vernon, Alex Voorhoeve, Jeane Warren, Linda Yueh.

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The Philosophers' Magazine /4th quarter 2006