Invisibility has its benefits, perhaps, but the costs are far greater.… Read the rest
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As if the solution to stupidity is to inhibit public discourse.… Read the rest
Shadi Sadr, Mahbubeh Abbasgholizadeh, and Jila Baniyaghoub are still in ward 209 of Evin Prison.… Read the rest
University said it cancelled a lecture on ‘Islamic anti-semitism’ on security grounds.… Read the rest
Growing up in societies in which survival is uncertain is conducive to a strong emphasis on religion.… Read the rest
Why does humiliation lead to such disproportional will to violence and slaughter?… Read the rest
Ah, look, an old friend returns. At that post of Stephen Law’s on Anselm’s proof we talked about the other day. Old friend returns in characteristic form – posting thirty or forty thousand words in each comment, talking about hermeneutics and Gadamer and Hermamer and gadaneutics until the wallpaper starts to peel spontaneously off the walls in very sympathy. He’s also got some new tricks though – mentioning ‘G_d’ a lot, overusing scare quotes or irony quotes beyond all reason, lots of quiet boasting. I wonder if you’ve guessed which friend I mean yet – I wonder if your memories are keen this morning. He used to deposit his book-length comments here often, often; he did it for … Read the rest
Anthony Grayling on sin and pollution – always very interesting ideas.
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Much of the traditional idea of sin persists in our contemporary attitudes to moral failure. We somehow export the idea of a stain, an enduring flaw of character, to the case of people who do not live up to ideals, especially those they themselves proclaim…[I]n a sin culture even the suspicion of hypocrisy in the messenger is enough to harm the message: if the source of the claim is polluted, the claim itself must be questionable…Throughout history earnest moralisers have stood in the way of the good by accepting nothing less than the utmost. Human beings are a mixed alloy: the same person is capable of being good and
Ah, the Templeton prize. What a treat.
A Canadian philosopher who believes that spirituality is an essential part of the study of philosophy and the social sciences has won the $1.5 million Templeton Prize for advancement and research of spiritual matters.
Okay; first pressing question; what does that mean? What is spirituality? Depending on how it’s defined, either, of course it’s an essential part of the study of philosophy and the social sciences, or what on earth does he mean it’s an essential part of the study of philosophy and the social sciences?
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Professor Taylor has written extensively on the sense of self and how it is defined by morals and what one considers good. People operate in the
‘The deafness of many philosophers, social scientists and historians to the spiritual dimension can be remarkable.’… Read the rest
Yes? Horrors! Give it Ritalin!… Read the rest
Everyone agrees he was a major postmodernist thinker, without defining that.… Read the rest
Says the beating he received at the hands of police should be an ‘inspiration’ for the struggle.… Read the rest
Nerd on Jane Austen’s Emma.… Read the rest
‘It is neither necessary nor desirable to dumb our projects down when writing for a general audience.’… Read the rest
Museum depicts literal reading of Genesis, which describes how God created the world in six days.… Read the rest
Anthony Glees says up to 48 British universities have been infiltrated by fundamentalists.… Read the rest
Maybe the world is the product of one aspect of biology, the mind, and not the other way around.… Read the rest
In a sin culture even the suspicion of hypocrisy in the messenger is enough to harm the message.… Read the rest