Effervescence: Thursday September 30, 2010

A few notes on Ernst Bloch’s “The Principle of Hope”

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The Godly, the Godless, and the question of ethics: Monday September 20, 2010

Thoughts on the Pope’s visit to the UK.

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Judgement and Experience: Saturday August 21, 2010

Testing judgements against the fine-grain of experience.

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Out of sight of land: Sunday August 8, 2010

Does travel broaden the mind?

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Part Time Vegetarian: Monday July 19, 2010

tofu and flesh – matter and anti-matter?

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A Hedge of Roses: thoughts on ethics and aesthetics: Saturday April 24, 2010

Emmanuel Levinas’s Nine Talmudic Readings, and the pleasures of coffee.

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Ethical Friskiness: Monday March 1, 2010

When ethical philosophy meets caffeine…

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Ethics is like navigation... stories are like the sea.: Friday November 27, 2009

Thoughts on storytelling and ethics.

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Thinking About Free Will: Wednesday September 23, 2009

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

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Altruism, selfishness and purity: Saturday September 5, 2009

Can there ever be such a thing as pure altruism?

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The Weaving and the Unweaving: Monday August 31, 2009

Telling stories about telling stories.

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Wouldn't it be a lovely headline?: Saturday August 15, 2009

Finding heaven in a MacDonald’s hamburger? Even William Blake might struggle…

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Things Worth Knowing: Friday August 7, 2009

The stuff we know (or claim to know) and a few thoughts on ethics.

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No One Wins?: Friday July 10, 2009

Philosophical discussion, and those monsters lurking underneath our chairs.

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The Invisibility of Goodness: Tuesday July 7, 2009

Maybe we’re not doing that badly after all…

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Cosmopolitanism: Tuesday June 30, 2009

Thought’s on Anthony Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.

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The Wisdom of the Ancients?: Friday May 29, 2009

Golden ages, and the magnificence of the past.

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Get Real...: Friday May 15, 2009

Some thoughts on tragic storytelling.

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Scholars and Meditators: Friday May 1, 2009

Meditation, scholarship and the mind’s many functions.

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Unnatural Practices: Thursday April 16, 2009

Ah, those sexy beasts!

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Mistrust, Indebtedness and Hospitality: Thursday January 15, 2009

Hospitality by the Indus!

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On Advertising: Wednesday January 14, 2009

“There are a lot of things in this world / You are going to have no use for…” Tom Waits.

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Shocking Revelations, Radical Changes and Dramatic Events: Thursday January 8, 2009

Drama, the news, and the latest shocking revelations.

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The Fine Grain: Thursday December 18, 2008

A few thoughts on attention, judgement and the fine grain of things…

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Car Crash Journalism: Thursday November 20, 2008

Art, the Daily Mail, and the culture of the car.

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Michael Frayn on Uncertainty and Motivation: Tuesday October 14, 2008

Uncertainty in Copenhagen.

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Literature and Laughter: Thursday September 25, 2008

Why Momus was banished from Olympus.

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Is this it?: Tuesday September 16, 2008

Surely there must be more to life…?

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Lightness of Touch: Friday September 5, 2008

Governing oneself the way one cooks a small fish.

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Neuroethics: Tuesday August 19, 2008

Concerning my review of Glannon’s “Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science”.

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Death, at Intervals: Tuesday July 15, 2008

Another book worth reading…

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Animal Pleasures: Friday June 20, 2008

Do animals experience pleasure? And if so, what are the implications of this?

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Ethics and the Public Understanding of Science: Saturday June 14, 2008

Some thoughts on ethics, public understanding, and scientific research.

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Karma, Retribution and the Actress: Friday June 6, 2008

Thoughts on Sharon Stone and the Chinese earthquake.

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Free Will and Ethics: Tuesday April 8, 2008

Do we need free will to make us good?

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Putting Shantideva to the Test: Thursday March 27, 2008

Happiness and ethics – a simple experiment.

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Just War: Thursday March 20, 2008

Five years in Iraq, and the crassness of Prince Harry’s headgear.

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Kindness and Philosophy: Monday March 10, 2008

Where are our philosophies of kindness?

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Vain, Deluded, Pigheaded, Secretive, Bigoted...: Thursday February 14, 2008

That’s the trouble with the mind – it has a mind of it’s own.

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A Secular Age: Monday January 21, 2008

A review of Charles Taylor’s monumental book A Secular Age

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More on the Transhumanist Debate: Friday November 23, 2007

More on Marvin Minsky, Transhumanism and the New Scientist.

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Ethics of the In-Between: Tuesday October 23, 2007

Ethics between absolutes, and the Hello Peace project.

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Marvin Minsky's Dreams of Immortality: Wednesday October 17, 2007

Transhumanism and the salvation of the world.

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Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma: Tuesday October 2, 2007

The root of the three root poisons.

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Informed Ignorance, Spinoza and Science: Sunday September 2, 2007

Spionza, ignorance, understanding – all that, and I’m still two hundred miles from the nearest decent cappuccino.

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Groundlessness, not Relativism: Monday April 16, 2007

Thinking ethics without grounds…

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Oi! Are You Looking at My Triangle?: Tuesday March 6, 2007

Attachment to triangles.

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Doing the Right Thing: Friday November 24, 2006

We want to do the right thing. But what is the right thing to do?

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Lest We Forget: Saturday November 11, 2006

Thoughts on Armistice day.

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In Praise of Emmanuel Levinas: Thursday November 2, 2006

The 100th anniversary of the philosopher of ethics and responsibility, Emmanuel Levinas.

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On Holy Books: Thursday October 12, 2006

Richard Dawkins on ethics and religious texts.

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Criticism: Thursday September 28, 2006

Thoughts on book reviews…

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Dramatic Enchantments: Tuesday August 29, 2006

On being a drama queen…

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History as Natural History: Tuesday August 15, 2006

From the social contract to the natural contract.

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Difference: Wednesday August 9, 2006

The wisdom of difference and the wisdom of sameness…

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East is East and West is West: Monday August 7, 2006

Thinking between Levinas and Shantideva, East and West.

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On Moral Evolutionism: Wednesday July 26, 2006

Are we better than we used to be? Are we worse? Thoughts on morality and history.

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A Shortcut to Nirvana?: Monday July 24, 2006

Research from the frontline of the discipline that is becoming known as neurotheology

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Mental Discontents: Monday June 12, 2006

Can we eradicate mental discontent?

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Torture: Tuesday May 9, 2006

Is it ever right to torture? The problem with ticking bombs.

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Martial Thoughts: Saturday February 25, 2006

Our warrior culture.

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Easy Does It...: Sunday February 19, 2006

What if ethics was easy?

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The Trouble With Ethics: Thursday October 6, 2005

Is the trouble with ethics that there is simply too much of it?

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Holding Back: Monday October 3, 2005

Ethics begins in holding back…

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Moral Luck: Thursday September 8, 2005

How much of ethics is down to pure luck?

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