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Mark Sacks Memorial Conference

April 1, 2009

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On the 4th and 5th of June 2009 philosophers will gather to honour Mark Sacks, who died last year. Mark was the founding editor of the European Journal of Philosophy and a leading scholar of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy.   I can’t say that I got to know him as well as I would have liked, […]

Religious Belief and Social Pathology in the USA

November 22, 2008

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According to research published in the Journal of Religion and Society this week, developed countries which are predomiantly secular seem to suffer fewer social ills like murder, suicide and teenage pregnancy.  The apparent bogeyman of the piece is the USA, which, while being the most religious Western society, has rates of murder, incarceration, abortion, syphilis, […]

Andrew Lehade’s Letter

October 18, 2008

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This is a copy of the resignation letter of Andrew Lehade, manager of a small California hedge fund, who has decided to call it a day after making a killing betting against the sub-prime mortgage market.  Lehade rails against what he calls the ‘aristocracy’ of financial and government institutions in a week where Wall Street […]

Virtue Terrorists

August 24, 2007

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“Mostly, what we’re concerned with is Jesus.” Whoever thought The Beatles were such a problem? http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/22/gw.teen.christians/index.html

Philosophy and Rubbish

August 20, 2007

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This BBC News article introduces an Albanian chemist-cum-philosopher who is now producing the first translations of Bertrand Russell in Albanian. Though philosophy was his first love, he became a chemist for political reasons – and still got ten years in a brick factory for his trouble. He now assesses the levels of toxicity in Albanian […]

Heraclitus for 7 Year Olds

July 26, 2007

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BBC News An interesting article for those of us who think that philosophy should play a larger part in the curriculum for pre-university studies.

South Park Scientology

May 16, 2007

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Scientology has been in the news more often than usual this week thanks to the Panorama controversy. Most people are of the impression that it is a celebrity cult, but don’t know much about the beliefs that Scientologists hold. This is understandable, given the lengths that they go to to control the dissemination of their […]