Category: Ethics

A brief history of melancholy

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/ March 4, 2021
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The Sutton Hoo helmet

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/ March 2, 2021

Learning from international attempts to legislate psychosurgery

So-called psychosurgery, in which psychiatric disorders are treated by neurosurgery, for example, by cutting connections in the brain, may have a somewhat tarnished reputation after the insensitive use of lobotomy in the 20th century to treat anxiety and depression. Nevertheless,…

/ March 2, 2021
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Gut hack

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/ March 1, 2021
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Rich witches

At first glance, the relation between the economy and the imaginary magic of the witches seems to be entirely negative. Witches were often accused of attacking livestock. They magically made frost, storm and hail, and thereby caused crop failure. Indeed,…

/ March 1, 2021
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To the core

‘Yes, of course,’ the architect shrugs off the question as a bad joke, and fills in the missing person form. At the time, he doesn’t catch the subtle muscle twitches around mouth and eyes on the policeman’s face, giving away…

/ February 26, 2021
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Sabine Hossenfelder: searching for beauty in mathematics

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/ February 25, 2021
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Philosophers and other animals

Korsgaard says that, given how we make choices and defend them, ‘we think that our achieving our ends is good from the point of view of others and not merely good-for-us.’ It is, indeed, often visible from their point of…

/ February 25, 2021
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A small antelope horn

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/ February 23, 2021
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Exiles on Main Street

In many respects, Tamil exile politics exemplify the dangers of what Benedict Anderson called ‘long-distance nationalism’. Traumatised by state persecution and the brutalities of war, an exile community helps sustain a secessionist war, grimly assured that war is necessary while…

/ February 23, 2021
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Conor and Kobe

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/ February 22, 2021
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Reading John Gray in war

‘All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.’Blaise Pascal (1623-62) At the political level, in the face of our history of violence, Gray counsels that we have to abandon the belief in utopias…

/ February 22, 2021
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The right right thing to do

You must answer for who you are – if not to others, then to yourself But those other approaches succeed in offering guidance by ignoring the moral complexity of being in the grip of an irreducible plurality of goods. This…

/ February 19, 2021
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How Big Tech betrayed us

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/ February 18, 2021