Discovered: the secret of morality
American scientists contend that the way to make people more moral is to get them to think about science.
Delving into the mind of Islam
Only if the West recovers its robust confidence in reason can it confront the challenge of Muslim extremism.
Is America’s lawyer president lying to the world?
Can we trust what the President is telling the public about the extent of NSA surveillance?
Nikola Tesla and the ethics of publicity
Even the greatest inventors can become the captives of their own dreams.
“Why Tolerate Religion?”
In an influential book, a Princeton professor argues glibly that religion deserves no special legal consideration.
Squatters on Europe’s Christian heritage
Can human dignity find a firm foundation in secularism?
Networks of responsibility: the Philadelphia building collapse
Who should ultimately take the blame in a tragedy of careless demolition which caused six deaths?
An Esther moment
In the 60th year of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II will soon be asked to give royal assent to same-sex marriage. Is this a violation of her coronation oath?
Not with a bang, but a whimper
After more than a decade of research on embryonic stem cells, scientists are quietly moving on to greener pastures.
“Comfort women”, carpet bombing, atom bombs, lethal drones and genocide can all be justified by appeals to necessity.
EU shows how to do a dodgy survey
The EU's largest-ever survey of hate crimes and discrimination against LGBT people claims that they labour under a terrible burden. But the figures don’t support the conclusions.
Why should we care about Boston?
Some Australian journalists have asked why so much coverage was given to American deaths and so little to deaths in Iraq. Are they right?
Burying Thatcher: why celebrating death is still wrong
Our dealings with the dead are just as ethically governed as our dealings with the living.
The road to same-sex marriage was paved by Rousseau
At the heart of the debate over same-sex marriage are fundamental questions about who men are and how we decide what makes us flourish.
The empathy gap
Where is the sympathy for the civilian victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
The shaky science behind same-sex marriage
The case rests squarely on sociology and psychology. How reliable can this be, ask two distinguished scholars.
What money can’t buy
What is the proper role of money and markets in a democratic society? How can we protect the priceless goods in moral and civic life from being bought and sold?
Hellfire, morality and strategy
The use of drones may be legal under international war, but it is leading the US into unknown territory.
Bill Gates and his mixed up global health agenda
Bill and Melinda Gates want to stop polio and also the growth of third world population. One of these campaigns could be undermining the other.
The dead-end values driving euthanasia advocacy
A Quebec government report endorsing euthanasia rests on a moral relativism that has already failed the young.
Harvard Munch: when liberty becomes bondage
One hundred and fifty years after J S Mill's famous book on Utilitarianism, the heirs of his philosophy are embracing nihilism.
A more than nominal problem
By tempting us to define our own reality, nominalism can throw a whole culture out of whack.
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