Ethical Record Issues

DARWIN AND THE ‘SIN’ OF SLAVERY James Moore Darwin opposed slavery because he thought it immoral. He saw the subjugation of one part of the human species by another as unacceptable for two reasons. Firstly, he viewed all members of the human race as descended from a single, common ancestor;…

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Thu, 21st Apr, 2011

VARIETIES OF IRRELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE: ATHEISM IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Jonathan Rée Being either religious or non-religious involves a complex state of mind, and the difference between the two outlooks cannot be reduced to that between believing or disbelieving in the existence of deity. Abstract by Tom Rubens.  MORAL THINKING: FOUNDATIONS, APPROACHES AND APPLICATIONS Henry…

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Mon, 21st Mar, 2011

A HISTORY OF HUMANISM John Severs An impressively concise survey of humanist thought from the Greek pre-Socratics onwards. There are key quotations from leading philosophers, including Protagoras, Lucretius, Hobbes, Diderot and Hume. These add extra vitality to the text. Abstract by Tom Rubens.  ALFRED RUSSELWALLACE Sandra Knapp Russel’s extraordinary individuality is…

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Mon, 21st Feb, 2011

ENGLISHNESS AND THE INTELLIGENTSIA: SHOULD MORAL PHILOSOPHERS LEAD GOOD LIVES? Fred Inglis Focussing on four exemplary thinkers–R.G. Collingwood, J.M. Keynes, Richard Hoggart and Tony Judt–the author emphasises the need to combine moral thought with moral action, and reason with emotion, as a way of participating in social democracy and pursuing the…

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Fri, 21st Jan, 2011

VERNON LUSHINGTON, THE CRISIS OF FAITH AND THE ETHICS OF POSITIVISM David Taylor THE SPIRIT LEVEL DELUSION Christopher Snowdon This attacks the thesis, advanced in the book ‘The Spirit Level,’ that societies do better when they have a high degree of economic equality. The thesis is seen as an attempt to…

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Tue, 21st Dec, 2010

DARWIN’S RELIGIOUS JOURNEY John Hedley Brooke A richly erudite account of the complex relationship that existed between Darwin’s evolutionary perspective and his thoughts on religion. The latter were often ambiguous and difficult to interpret. Darwin eventually came to reject Christianity, and to adopt an agnostic position with regard to deism….

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Sun, 21st Nov, 2010

MONCURE DANIEL CONWAY (1832-1907) AND THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY Ellen L. Ramsey A detailed biographical study of Conway’s commitment to ending slavery in the United States, through writing, political diplomacy and direct action–the latter included leading slaves from slave-holding territories to free ones. Conway also campaigned for the judicial settlement of…

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Thu, 21st Oct, 2010

SHALL THE RELIGIONS INHERIT THE EARTH? Eric Kaufmann Despite the current strength of secular thought in some circles in the West, the world as a whole is witnessing enormous demographic changes, in which social and ethnic groups with fixed religious beliefs are producing more children than are groups of secular…

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Tue, 21st Sep, 2010

HOW ATHEISTS CAN TAKE ETHICS SERIOUSLY Ralph Wedgwood Wedgewood rejects the ethical objectivism found in religious thought, but argues that such objectivism can be derived from atheistic thought. Ethical truths of an ‘ought’ kind are an essential and inescapable feature of human person-hood, when the latter is informed by consciousness and intelligence….

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Tue, 20th Jul, 2010

JESTING PILATE: THE PROBLEM OF RELIGION AND TRUTH John Radford An examination of the ways the word ‘truth’ is used in religious discourse. This is part of a larger study of ‘truth’ concepts as they apply to all discourses, but focussing on the correspondence theory of truth. Abstract by Tom Rubens.  GENDER…

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Sun, 20th Jun, 2010
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