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    - Brian Leiter
    MOVING TO FRONT FROM THIS MORNING--UPDATED This is a pretty unappealing portrait by a recent BPhil student; from his summation: In sum, partly due to systematic funding cuts facing UK Higher Education institutions in the last few years, there are...
    - Brian Leiter
    It has suspended an English professor for reading from texts in class that included the n-word. The Acaemic Freedom Alliance, fortunately, is on the case, and is providing legal counsel for the professor whose academic freedom rights have been violated.
    - Brian Leiter
    Maybe!
    - Brian Leiter
    Justin Weinberg (South Carolina) reports the results here, noting, correctly, that the database "misses quite a bit of philosophy." The list also misses those who are characterized as "law" or "social science," even when their work is all in philosophy....
    - Brian Leiter
    In the overall rankings for the UK, the programs below the fold were the biggest movers (at least 3 positions), either up or down: University of Warwick from 11 in 2017 to 8 in 2021. University of Glasgow, which was...
    - Brian Leiter
    We noted the big increases (5 or more spots) in the U.S. top 50 a couple of weeks back; below the fold are the schools that dropped 5 or more spots in the 2021 PGR compared to 2017: University of...
    - Brian Leiter
    ...indicating "community transmission." This fits with the speculation noted yesterday that, in fact, this variant has been circulating for awhile before South Africa and Botswana noticed it. That would also suggest that it may not be destined to dominate Delta....
    - Brian Leiter
    That is certainly my takeaway from the essay by the NYT columnist David Brooks in The Atlantic. Some excerpts, with interspersed commentary: The first great project of the national conservatives is to man the barricades in the culture war. These...
    - Brian Leiter
    This year, those areas were: American pragmatism, feminist philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of race, philosophy of social science. Each had five or fewer evaluators. (In each case, the problem was the yield on invited evaluators in terms of participants.)...
    - Brian Leiter
    Again from Statnews: Levels of Covid-19 in South Africa were subdued when the variant was first detected; since that time numbers have jumped. It’s possible that means Omicron has a growth advantage over Delta, but it’s also possible that it’s...
    The fault is not in our stars but in our genes • Trans rights and academic freedom • Moral dilemma? Ask a chatbot — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
    by Guto Dias
    by Melissa Felder
    Brad Rappaport expresses the essential attributes of the prophet of pantheism.
    by Terence Green
    Daniel C. Dennett on the Richard Rorty Factor.
    Sara Bizarro reviews a classic: Mary Wollstonecraft’s pioneering Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
    Dan Corjescu says soma could be coming.
    Alex Gooch on narrative, meaning, and the failure of philosophy.
    Gary Cox asks, ‘is happiness a cigar called Hamlet?’, and other searching questions.
    - Philosophy Now
    The Mental Universe Debate
    Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now (and author of The Metarevolution) is joined by members of London philosophy groups Philosophy For All and the Philosophical Society of England to debate an argument advanced by PFA member Kieran Quill that according to quantum mechanics the universe is mental in nature. Join us to hear the fallout. First broadcast on 29 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    The Linguistic Wizardry of Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Ludwig Wittgenstein worked out how language has meaning, twice. He also thought that some of the most important things we can know we can’t express at all. Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now finds out the meaning and limits of language from guest Daniel Hutto from the University of Wollongong, NSW. First broadcast on 22 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Philosophy, Lies and Politics
    Might Nietzsche be right, claiming that lying is “a condition of life?” – Or Kant, arguing that lying means annihilating human dignity? Is it ever acceptable for governments to lie to the public or for individuals to lie to the government? Anja Steinbauer is joined by politician and philosopher Shahrar Ali and moral philosopher Piers Benn to discuss whether lying can be a good thing. First broadcast on 15 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Beyond Right and Wrong
    What is meta-ethics? How does meta-ethics differ from ethics, and what does it tell us about ethics? Why is it important for how we should live our lives? Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and his guests Edward Harcourt from Keble College, Oxford, and Richard Rowland from the University of Warwick, to find the answers to these questions and more. First broadcast on 8 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    The Hidden World of Immanuel Kant
    Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and guests John Callanan from King’s College, London, and Andrew Ward from the University of York to talk about the most important idea you’ve never heard of, and some other persuasive arguments from revolutionary but unfortunately unknown-to-the-world philosopher Immanuel Kant. First broadcast on 1 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    How Come Consciousness?
    Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and guests Philip Goff from the University of Liverpool and Tom McClelland from the University of Manchester as they try to work out how all that electricity between your nerve cells relates to and produces all your experiences and thoughts. First broadcast on 25 May 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Buddhist Philosophy
    What has Buddhism to offer the 21st Century? Join Anja Steinbauer and her guests, Martin Muchall and Rick Lewis, for a critical discussion of ideas in and about Buddhism. First broadcast on 18 May 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Impressions of David Hume
    Isaiah Berlin said of David Hume, “No man has influenced the history of philosophy to a deeper or more disturbing degree.” Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now plus guests Jane O’Grady, Peter Kail and James Arnold to find out why. First broadcast on 11 May 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    In Defence of Wonder
    Look inside the mind of a famous thinker: Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and writer Daryn Green talk to author and Philosophy Now columnist Raymond Tallis about his latest book, In Defence of Wonder, and about the influences and motivations which have made him a philosopher. Recorded on 31 May 2012.
    - Philosophy Now
    Philosophy and Literature
    Both philosophy and literature represent the world and reflect on it. They are clearly different, yet converge, overlap and relate to one another in various ways. Can anything be gained philosophically by examining literature? Conversely, does it add to our understanding of literature to look at it from a philosophical point of view? Anja Steinbauer, President of Philosophy For All, and her guests Gregory Currie from the University of Nottingham, Stacie Friend from Heythrop College, University of London, and Edward Harcourt from Keble College, University of Oxford, discuss truth and ethics in philosophy and literature. First broadcast on 27 March 2012 on Resonance FM.
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    St Cross Special Ethics Seminar, Presented by Dr Sarah Chan, 18 November 2021 In this St Cross Special Ethics Seminar, Dr Sarah Chan explores three key areas of risk in ‘challenge trials’ – the deliberate infection of human participants to infectious agents as a tool for vaccine development and improving our knowledge of disease biology.  […]
    - Alberto Giubilini
    Mandatory Vaccination Should Be Selective, Not General
      By Alberto Giubilini and Julian Savulescu As resurgent Covid-19 spreads rapidly across Europe, in countries such as Austria and the Netherlands the authorities are re-imposing lockdowns. And in response thousands are marching – and rioting. People are clearly fed up with losing their liberties. Indeed,  more liberties may soon be taken away from people:  in Austria, […]
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    Cross Post: Selective lockdowns can be ethically justifiable – here’s why
    Written by: Jonathan Pugh, Dominic Wilkinson, and Julian Savulescu   COVID is surging in some European countries. In response, Austria and Russia are planning to reimpose lockdowns, but only for the unvaccinated. Is this ethical? Some countries already have vaccine passport schemes to travel or enter certain public spaces. The passports treat those who have had […]
    - Alberto Giubilini
    Cross post: Why COVID passes are not discriminatory (in the way you think they are)
    Alberto Giubilini (This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article) UK health secretary Sajid Javid’s plans for vaccination requirements for frontline NHS workers has reignited the political and ethical debate over COVID passes. The requirement constitutes a kind of vaccine pass; without proof of vaccination, healthcare workers are prevented from continuing working […]
    - Charles Foster
    By Charles Foster This week I went to the launch of the latest book by Iain McGilchrist, currently best known for his account of the cultural effects of brain lateralisation, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.  The new book, The Matter with Things: Our brains, our […]
    - Dominic Wilkinson
    NHS and Care Home Mandates Should Take Account of Natural Immunity to COVID
    by Dominic Wilkinson, Jonathan Pugh, Julian Savulescu   Yesterday, the health secretary, Sajid Javid announced that COVID vaccines would become mandatory for frontline NHS staff from April. Meanwhile, from tomorrow care home workers in the UK will not be able to work if they don’t have a vaccine certificate and are not medically exempt. This vaccine […]
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    Cross Post: Should You Stop Wearing A Mask Just Because the Law Gives You Permission To Do So?
    Written by Maximilian Kiener On December 1 1955, in Alabama, Rosa Parks broke the law. But Parks was no ordinary criminal trying to take advantage of others. She merely refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person and was arrested for this reason alone. Parks is a hero because she […]
    - Stephen Rainey
    By Stephen Rainey & Yasemin J. Erden How much of a role should the state play in taking care of us, as opposed to, say, our family members? According to some, care should “start at home” and should, moreover, be selfless. Statements like “Parents and other caregivers look after their children with little thought of […]
    - Ben Davies
    By Ben Davies As I do every winter, I recently booked an appointment for a flu vaccine. I get it for free in the UK. If I didn’t have asthma, I’d still get vaccinated, but it would cost me between £9 and £14.99. That is both an ethical error on the part of the government, […]
    - Roger Crisp
    By Roger Crisp I take hedonism about well-being or welfare to be the view that the only thing that is good for any being is pleasure, and that what makes pleasure good is nothing other than its being pleasant. The standard objections to hedonism of this kind have mostly been of the same form: there […]