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Simon Blackburn on Moral Relativism *

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Should we just tolerate other ways of living? Can philosophers be experts in morality? … Read the rest

On Consequentialism *

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Brad Hooker, a consequentialist himself, outlines and defends his position in this interview with Nigel Warburton.… Read the rest

Charlie Savage on the Imperial President [audio] *

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Boston Globe reporter’s book describes how the Bush-Cheney admin has expanded executive power.… Read the rest

Hillary Clinton and Jesus *

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For 15 years, HC has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill.… Read the rest

Dawkins Reads John Cornwell *

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Cornwell does some annoyingly creative reading of Dawkins.… Read the rest

Dawkins Meets (and Reviews) Hitchens *

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America is far from the know-nothing theocracy that two terms of Bush had led us to fear. … Read the rest

Boys Do Ruin Schools for Girls *

Sep 5th, 2007 | Filed by

Boys benefit from being in a classroom with girls, but girls do not benefit from being in a classroom with boys.… Read the rest

Extract from Natalie Angier’s The Canon *

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Science is huge, a great ocean of human experience; it’s the product and point of having the most deeply corrugated brain of any species this planet has spawned. … Read the rest

Exam Plans are a Betrayal *

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Royal Society of Chemistry head criticizes plans to make science questions easier.… Read the rest

Italy Asks UK not to Deport Emambakhsh *

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The case of Pegah Emambakhsh has become front-page news in Italy while going almost unreported in Britain. … Read the rest

Women’s Rights? What Are They? *

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Proposed law forbids abortions without written permission from the father of the fetus.… Read the rest

The New Islam project

Sep 4th, 2007 3:08 pm | By

Meet Tahir Aslam Gora.

Tahir Aslam Gora is a Canadian-Pakistani writer, novelist, poet, journalist, editor, translator and publisher…In 2005 Gora translated into Urdu Irshad Manji’s book, The Trouble with Islam. He is currently translating Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel. Gora writes a column for The Hamilton Spectator and is currently working on two manuscripts; one on Canadian multiculturalism, the other on Islam and the need for its transformation into “a humane theology.” In Pakistan he was a noted critic of religious intolerance. He fled to Canada in the spring of 1999 following threats to his life.

A critic of religious intolerance who received threats to his life by people keen to show what religious intolerance really is.


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Thinking about writing

Sep 4th, 2007 12:35 pm | By

Funny stuff from Jo Wolff.

Why is academic writing so boring? I am impatient by nature, easily irritated, and afflicted with a short attention span. That I ended up in a job where I have to spend half the day blinking my way through artless, contorted prose is a cruel twist of fate. But the upside is that it gives me plenty of opportunity to reflect on why reading academic writing is so often a chore and so rarely a joy…As far as I know there has been little, if any, literary analysis of academic writing…But, by chance, I recently read a short piece of literary theory, and, to use one of the two metaphors academics allow themselves, the scales

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Secularism is an ‘Ideology Inimical to Religions’ *

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‘Secularists have a right to have a voice but not a voice to denigrate or relegate religions to a non-space.’… Read the rest

Morris Dickstein on the Critical Landscape *

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Books are still read and enjoyed, but the pleasure is had at the expense of analysis and criticism.… Read the rest

Why is Academic Writing so Boring? *

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A detective novel written by a good philosophy student would begin: ‘In this novel I shall show that the butler did it.’… Read the rest

John Allen Paulos on Goddy Math *

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We read more about the intrusion of pseudoscience into school science curricula in the US.… Read the rest

David Thompson Interviews Tahir Aslam Gora *

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‘I cannot understand how Islam or any religion could be a complete way of life.’… Read the rest

Simon Caterson Reviews Grayling on Freedom *

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It is only in the past few centuries that any human beyond a tiny ruling class had any expectations.… Read the rest

Murder in Amsterdam

Sep 4th, 2007 | By Max Dunbar

My father lived in Amsterdam for five years. Every time I went over to see him I was asked by friends if I was intending to smoke large amounts of dope and/or have sex with large amounts of prostitutes. Amsterdam’s image is of a party town. English stag parties descend on the city every weekend to take advantage of a supposed liberalism which many of them would abhor if it were introduced in their home country.

The image is misleading, though. The red light is confined to a few areas of the city. People work hard in the Dam. My father wrote, ‘For sure, they don’t like freeloaders. It’s pump or drown. Do what you want otherwise, but take your … Read the rest