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Anthony Kenny on his History of Philosophy *

Oct 22nd, 2007 | Filed by

Some interesting insights into the figures that have shaped the subject ranging from Plato to Derrida.… Read the rest

Nigel Warburton Interviews Tim Crane *

Oct 22nd, 2007 | Filed by

How the mind relates to the body: how could a piece of soft tissue think and feel?… Read the rest

Prisoners’ Rights Activist Imprisoned *

Oct 22nd, 2007 | Filed by

Emadeddin Baghi was charged with ‘propaganda against the Islamic Republic.’… Read the rest

Public Executions in Iran: Dominance via Fear *

Oct 22nd, 2007 | Filed by

Almost all the executions have been public hangings. Videos of the process are then broadcast over the Net.… Read the rest

Wrested from the bitter reactionary grip of religion

Oct 21st, 2007 4:49 pm | By

We had a good time (I did anyway) with Roger Scruton’s review of Anthony Grayling’s new book, so now let’s have a different but related kind of good time with another look at Anthony Grayling’s review of John Gray’s latest book. I flagged it up here last month but it’s so relevant to the Scruton review that I feel like flagging it up again.

Now let us ask whether secular Enlightenment values of pluralism, democracy, the rule of independently and impartially administered law, freedom of thought, enquiry and expression, and liberty of the individual conform to the model of a monolithic ideology such as Catholicism, Islam or Stalinism. Let us further ask how Gray imagines that these values

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Mina Ahadi is Secularist of the Year *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

Undeterred by the inevitable death threats, Mina has pressed on, determined as ever to protect women from the ravages of Islam.… Read the rest

Anthony McIntyre on Maryam Namazie *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

It is this idea of political Islam as a voice for the oppressed and voiceless which annoys her most.… Read the rest

Religious Marriage Settlement Not Binding *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

‘The more you can make the whole concept secular, the better off you’re going to be in a civil court.’… Read the rest

Atheism in America *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

Atheism may have made its way into the public discourse but it remains verboten in our politics.… Read the rest

Archbish Wants Women to Agonize More *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

They treat their bodies as their own; it’s an outrage.… Read the rest

Atheism in Australia *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

Phillip Adams, Pamela Bone, David Nicholls, Tamas Pataki, Emily Maguire do without a deity.… Read the rest

Seyla Benhabib on Mosque and State *

Oct 21st, 2007 | Filed by

On some very deep level, there is more symbolic religious politics in the US than anywhere else in the world.… Read the rest

Mina Ahadi Named Secularist of the Year

Oct 21st, 2007 | By Terry Sanderson

Richard Dawkins says that it is “the awakening of women” that will solve the problem of “the worldwide menace of Islamic terrorism and oppression”.

His remarks came while praising the winner of this year’s “Secularist of the Year” award from the National Secular Society. The £5,000 prize went to Mina Ahadi, an Iranian woman who was forced to flee her native country after leading a campaign against the compulsory veiling of women. Because of her resistance to the clerical regime, her husband and four of her colleagues were executed, and she only narrowly escaped the same fate.

She now lives in Germany and has founded the Committee of Ex-Muslims, a movement that is rapidly spreading across Europe. She has also … Read the rest

Atheist propagandists?

Oct 20th, 2007 3:57 pm | By

I don’t think this is quite right. I think it misses the mark.

I’d like to say his heart is in the right place, unlike the current crop of atheist propagandists, but the trouble is that, as with many Episcopalians, it is more mind than heart…I have no use for anti-Darwinian campaigners, but I do have a lot of respect for popular skepticism. The people do not trust those who present themselves as elite…[R]ead any of the self-indulgent, virulent atheists in circulation today – Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens being just two. Contrary to their professed intentions, such writers buttress the faithful; their loathsome arrogance shields evangelical churches from doubt. That part of the American population that believes God made

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Libel Laws Silence Critics *

Oct 20th, 2007 | Filed by

Did the Society of Homeopaths engage with these criticisms? No. They sent a threatening legal letter.… Read the rest

The Psychology of Believing News Reports *

Oct 20th, 2007 | Filed by

People are more likely to discount information if they are suspicious of the motives behind its dissemination.… Read the rest

Why not Find bin Laden, and Lord Lucan Too? *

Oct 20th, 2007 | Filed by

Since there’s a magic box that can find anyone with just a bit of DNA…… Read the rest

Bhutto Refuses to Submit *

Oct 20th, 2007 | Filed by

‘We are prepared to risk our lives, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants.’… Read the rest

Jesus and Mo Make Up *

Oct 20th, 2007 | Filed by

The barmaid shows them the way.… Read the rest

Manager of Somali Radio Station Murdered *

Oct 20th, 2007 | Filed by

Last month government troops fired on the station and ordered it to stop broadcasting.… Read the rest