Ethical Record

When was once upon a time?

When was once upon a time is an investigation into myth, including religions and, as the title suggests, fairy tales as well. The French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss wrote, among other things, a four volume work, published between the mid-1960s and 1970s entitled Mythologiques. This was a collection of all the…

  Poverty in Britain is at post-war highs and – even with economic growth – is set to increase yet further.  Food bank queues are growing, levels of severe deprivation have been rising, and increasing numbers of children are left with their most basic needs unmet. Based on exclusive access…

unconditional hospitality

Unconditional hospitality is a central idea in contemporary ethical philosophy and it has important implications for psychology. Its political equivalent is the notion of open borders as a utopian critique of nationality and national identity. We can become good hosts by temporarily interrupting the self and our habitual concerns about ‘me’ and…

For the Motion – Jon Parker*   I have a confession to make……I was a banker. When I say that, what I mean is that I once worked for a bank – along with around 1.2million other people in the UK. Now, there was a time when admitting such a…

There is a positive drought sweeping over us, which threatens to create a bleak, desolate and fearful existence. We are blindly falling into oblivion and with each passing day there appears to be no arrest to our descent. News item after news item generates shudders and terrors as we stare…

View Migrants or People?

Wed, 10th Jun, 2015

Recent advances in automation are stripping out all manner of jobs: not just those of clerks, typists and warehouse workers. Almost any job involving a programmable process is vulnerable. Should we rejoice, and anticipate their emancipation from labour; or should we be very afraid for the basis of our society?  …

View The Robots are Coming

Tue, 19th May, 2015

IntroductionAs I was preparing this talk I considered what my latest examples might be – this is the part I always have to update as so many new cults come and go. So, the groups I’ve come across this week that fit my definition of a cult are: ISIS, of…

Nouritza Matossian, a writer of seminal biographies and daughter of genocide survivors asks a burning question. Why did it take a hundred years for the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Young Turks in the Ottoman Empire? A million and a half citizens were uprooted, tortured,…

honey bees

From his shop at No. 326 Holborn, a stone’s throw from Conway Hall, Daniel Wildman sold both bees and hives. The bees were encouraged to build comb and store honey in bottles and bell jars on the top of his hives. Curious to know where his urban bees foraged for…

SoapBox @ Thinkers Corner

The election will have passed and a government may be in place. In any event, on this day it is a chance for you to have your say. What are your thoughts of the political parties? Their manifestos? Their ethical behaviour during/after the campaign? Could this be the end of…

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