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The Liberal Arts, A.C. Grayling and the Catholic Church

May 16, 2012


The New College of Humanities is a recently established academic institution based in London. It is the project of well-known academics such as A.C. Grayling and Richard Dawkins. Students, alongside their chosen degree, will be required to study a few core modules emulating the liberal arts method of many North American colleges. A number of […]

The House of Lords: Reform and Relativism

February 22, 2012


The running saga of proposed reform of the House of Lord has once again come under the spotlight of political and media attention. Last week a number of newspapers, The Times among them, reported that a bill providing for an elected second chamber would be included in the Queen’s Speech. After botched ‘reform’ under Blair’s […]

Democracy, Morality and the Common Good

February 3, 2012


From a guest blogger: A position commonly held by ‘reformers’ in various religious traditions in this country may be summarised roughly in the following lines: If the central authority of a religion is at odds with beliefs held by the majority of that its adherents, the former is duty-bound to reconsider and even to change […]

Chimps may be ‘97% Human’, but they’re 0% Homo Sapiens

January 30, 2012


From a guest blogger: What is it that St. Peter’s Basilica, Climate Change, the Euro Crisis and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy have in common? I shall not keep you guessing. All four demonstrate that humans are not only special, but also without doubt the most special of creatures on Planet Earth. Consider for a moment […]

Unravelling Values: Has Conscience Anything to Do with Aesthetic Taste?

June 22, 2011


‘That there is a relationship between morality and aesthetics is an idea which, at various times, writers and artists have been keen for one reason or another to assert. On the face of it there would seem to be a pleasing relationship between the two if we could say that the person most capable of […]

Pursuing the Meaning of Happiness

June 8, 2011


‘Do we need another word for the great goal of our actions?’ Carolyn Moynihan investigates at MercatorNet.  Read the article here.

Evolution, Causation, and Human Behaviour

June 2, 2011


Can evolution explain human behaviour? This question has recurred among commentators since the publication of the book Supercooperators: Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed by the Harvard professor, Michael Nowak. The basic idea, as he explains here, is that ‘to succeed in life, you need to work together […]