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Magazine issue fifteen • summer 2001

Editor Julian Baggini

Editor, New Media

Jeremy Stangroom

Contributing Editors Susan Dwyer, Simon Eassom, Peter Fosl, Michael LaBossiere, Jeff Mason, Christian

Perring

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Contributors James Baillie, David Beisecker, Emma Borg, Anthony Campbell, Joseph Chandler, Steve Deery, Simon Eassom, Wendy Grossman, Margaret Gullan-Whur, Salam Hawa, Mitch Hodge, Ted Honderich, Mathew Iredale, Sue Johnson, Todd Jones, Michael LaBossiere, Tim LeBon, Brian Leiter, Lyn May, John Michael McGuire, Francis Moorcroft, Stephen Palmquist, Rupert Read, Robert Stainton, Karen J Warren, Thomas Wallgren, Ron Wilburn

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News and Features 6 NEWS HOUND The all-time top 50, Lord Sutherland and the death of Wesley Salmon

9 MEDIA WATCH Philosophy and philosophers in the mass media

COVER STORY: TV THINKERS

13 KIM YOUNG-OAK John Michael McGuire The lecturer topping the ratings in Korea Essays 15 UNBREAKABLE Salam Hawa Hegel goes to Hollywood in the Bruce Willis movie

11 ALAIN DE BOTTON Steve Deery Cheering yourself up with Nietzsche

Good riddance? p23

17 SURVIVING DEATH Anthony Campbell Why philosophers have not always been so dismissive.

19 HUME ON ETHICS James Baillie Getting the great Scot right on morality Discussion 23 OPEN DEBATE: EXTINCTION Michael LaBossiere The case for letting species die and your chance to bite back

26 DISCOURSE Joseph Chandler Debating paternalism and philosophers in public life

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ThePhilosophers’Magazine/Summer 2001

ISSN 1354-814X