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10 December
2018

Revolution in Work

A current exhibition at Tate Britain brings together major works from across the career of Edward Burne-Jones. The exhibition includes stained glass, tapestries, sketches and some of his widely-admired paintings. Firmly in the tradition of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Burne-Jones sought inspiration from medieval and classical ideals and forms. In this project, Burne-Jones was committed to […]

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12 November
2018

Is there Anything to be Said for Disruption and Chaos?

Today’s age, it is often theorised, is undergoing continuous upheaval. In every sphere of life, we are told, life will dramatically change. In economic matters, the outbreak of global trade wars and the threat of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the workplace are seen as dangers to the world as we know it. Politically speaking, recent […]

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17 October
2018

A Diminished US Supreme Court

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court seems to highlight the intense politicisation of every facet of American public and institutional life. The nation remains fiercely divided along strict party lines, with rare exceptions, over the nomination of a formerly well-regarded circuit judge. A UK perspective may provide some worthwhile insight. Here […]

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24 May
2018

What’s the Point of Veganism?

Posted in Environment, Ethics

Veganism is apparently the fastest growing ‘lifestyle movement’ in the UK today. Within the space of a decade the number of British vegans has increased by 350% and now over half a million people follow a diet free of animal products. Whilst this is still only about 1% of the adult population, the accelerating growth […]

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8 May
2018

The Scandal of a System

Jürgen Habermas draws a central distinction between our ‘lifeworld’ and ‘systems-world’. The lifeworld is said to be rooted in society’s collective subjective perception, its shared values and influences, as opposed to fully-rationalized systems which favour the quantifiable realm of ‘efficiency, calculability, predictability, and control’. Habermas proceeds to argue that the crisis of modernity is rooted […]

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21 March
2018

Equality of Justice

Posted in Equality, Liberalism

A recent television interview between the clinical psychologist Jordan B Peterson and the Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman has gone viral and clocked up 8.4 million views to date on YouTube. The interview focussed on Peterson’s established critiques of ‘radical feminist’ gender politics. Many words have been spilled criticising Newman’s ‘umbrage-stoking’ tactics and praising […]

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13 February
2018

Beyond Same-Sex Marriage

Posted in Marriage & Family

Last week Peter Tatchell, the LGBT rights campaigner and self-appointed director of the ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’, relaunched his campaign for a ‘Civil Commitment Pact’ which would correct marriage’s ‘one-size-fits-all model of relationship recognition’. My proposed civil commitment pact would allow people to nominate any “significant other” in their life as their next of kin, inheritance […]

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31 January
2018

Essence of the Matter

Our last TMI blog post ended by critiquing propaganda thinking, in which we assent ‘uncritically to widely held beliefs’, before offering a closing defence of discursive thinking, whereby ‘the reasonable questions of those who nevertheless hold fast to unreasonable conclusions are integrated into rational discourse’. To put some flesh on the bare-bones of these claims […]

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