News from 12/2013

24 December 2013

Christmas Time

Thanks so much to all Café Philosophers wherever you are, for your continued interest and patronage during the year. Thanks also to those writers and artists that contributed to each of the issues produced. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! From: Shirlee, Tom and Rob at Café Philosophy, Auckland, New Zealand.  

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23 December 2013

Richard Dawkins takes on Religion

Mehdi Hasan interviews evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins at the Oxford Union and asks:

Is religion a force for good or evil? Can it co-exist with science? Is science the new religion?

And why if god does not exist, is religion so persistent?

Mehdi Hasan (born 1979) is a British political journalist, broadcaster and author from a British Indian background. Richard Dawkins (born 1941) is an evolutionary biologist. He is well known for his criticism of creationism: a religious belief that life, the Earth, and the universe are the creation of a supernatural being. Creationism is based on…Read

20 December 2013

Spinoza’s Contribution to Modernity

Commenting on Rebecca Goldstein’s book ‘Betraying Spinoza,’ Antonio Damasio has this to say: “A brilliant, engaging and personal reflection on Spinoza’s life, thinking and historical context.  I read this intellectual page-turner in one sitting.  I recommend it to anyone curious to know how Spinoza was doubly betrayed, first by those who failed to acknowledge his monumental contribution to modernity and then by those who are now intent on dismantling it.”   

However, what is it we actually mean when we refer to modernity.  An answer…Read