23 May 2013 |
tags: ethics, ethics of warfare
“Comfort women”, carpet bombing, atom bombs, lethal drones and genocide can all be justified by appeals to necessity.
The genius of Chesterton
8 Jan 2013 |
tags: biography, book reviews
A comprehensive new biography of the brilliant controversialist will delight fans and instruct the sceptical.
The cycle of fallen heroes
6 Nov 2012 |
tags: heroes, Lance Armstrong
Like Hercules, Lance Armstrong was a hero, and like the Greek demi-god, he lacked important virtues.
Misogyny for the politically disenchanted
2 Nov 2012 |
The Australian Prime Minister became an internet sensation after she denounced the misogyny of the Opposition Leader in Parliament. But does the word mean anything any more?
Homophobia: what does it really mean?
28 Sep 2012 |
tags: homophobia, homosexuality
In discussing same-sex issues, let's scrap the labels and return to facts.
Debunking the myth of the self-made man
21 Aug 2012 |
tags: 2012 elections, Barack Obama, individualism
There was at least a smidgen of truth in President Obama's insistence that "you didn't build that".
This is not an article
16 Jul 2012 |
tags: art, internet, philosophy
The surrealist painter Henri Magritte anticipated our immersion in the unreal world of the internet.
The bald truth about p*rn
29 Jun 2012 |
tags: philosophy, pornography
Any idiot will tell you that sex sells, but it takes a philosopher to suggest that sex might sophisticate.
Who dares attack my Chesterton?
1 Jun 2012 |
Christopher Hitchens' last piece of journalism was a all-out attack on another great journalist, G.K. Chesterton. He came off second best.
It’s only natural
22 May 2012 |
tags: morality, natural law, same-sex marriage
The bitterest debates today in the public square often turn on what is "natural". The Chinese sages had a lot to say about this.