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Philosophy & Religion

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  • 11
    Dec

    2018

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    Knowing What Knowing Is

    Do you know what knowledge is? Before you reply, ponder for a moment the Gettier problem. It’s a puzzle. It’s a challenge. It was a moment; now it’s a tradition. It’s a centrepiece of contemporary...

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  • 6
    Dec

    2018

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    The Violence of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of...

    The authors of Texts and Violence in the Roman World explain why ancient history is still quite relevant in today's current climate. ...

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  • 5
    Dec

    2018

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    The Naturalistic Fallacy

    In October 2018 ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ ran a debate entitled ‘Do People Hate Vegans?’. In November the vegan activist group Direct Action Everywhere staged a protest at a Brighton steakhouse,...

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  • 4
    Dec

    2018

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    What do you understand?

    Einstein once remarked, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” Expressions like these are increasingly common. Saturated with social media and soundbites, many lament modern life’s flood...

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  • 4
    Dec

    2018

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    More than a Commentator

    Can you really be famous for explaining someone else’s ideas? Speaking as a historian of philosophy I can tell you the answer is: not really. But one man who just about managed it was Ibn Rushd, often...

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  • 26
    Oct

    2018

    Food and Faith

    Thinking Theologically About Food

    How we name and narrate food matters. To see what I mean, consider the different namings/narrations of a plant as either a flower, a tomato plant, or a weed. Flowers are plants to behold and admire, tomato...

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  • 21
    Aug

    2018

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    What our outrage over child separation tells us

    Hundreds of children still haven’t been reunited with their parents after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of us are outraged. This sense of outrage tells us that something is wrong. And...

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  • 16
    Jul

    2018

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    Intellectuals, Totalitarianism, and “Post...

    Did we, as intellectuals, perhaps unwittingly, play a role in preparing the ground for what is now called “Post-truth Culture”?...

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