Religion and Equality: Incompatible Concepts?

By: Fiona Scolding

Introduction Barely a day has gone by over the past 4 or 5 years when the newspapers have not been reporting on court cases which concern the rights of those who have a religious belief to practice it in a way they deem appropriate.  Websites buzz with chatter, and there is often a deafening buzz […]

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Beyond Bureaucracy: The ‘Big Society’ After the Spending Review

By: Francis Davis

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Institutionalising Homicide, Vested Interests and Freedom of Conscience

By: Dr. Jacqueline Laing

Food and Fluids: Human Law, Human Rights and Human Interests  4.1 Introduction Academic discussion about nutrition and hydration tends to concentrate on conceptual matters intrinsic to the ethics of removing food and fluids in individual cases. It is, for example, undoubtedly important to distinguish between vitalistic and utilitarian excesses in understanding the rights and wrongs […]

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Natural Reason and the Welfare State: Friends or Enemies?

By: Eric Blomquist

I would first of all like to thank the Thomas More Institute and its Director, Andrew Hegarty, for giving me the opportunity to speak here tonight and also for giving me the time and resources to work on this project, in addition to his valuable help. I am also forever indebted to my supervisor, Prof. […]

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Croatia since Communism: Values, Structures, Prospects

By: Dr. Robin Harris

Why Croatia? Croatia is a small country with a more than usually complicated past and, for non-Slavs, a more than usually complicated language. Croatia is beautiful. It is varied. It is the ideal spot for a holiday. But we must keep things in proportion. Taken against the backcloth of crises shaking the world – nuclear […]

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Pain, Suffering, and ‘Loss of Dignity’: Valid Reasons for Killing?

By: Dr. Michael Platt

What has happened? – The rising demand for euthanasia, assisted suicide and ‘the right to die’. Over the last few years there have been a number of cases of death by ‘euthanasia’ or ‘assisted suicide’ and an apparent increase in requests for a ‘right to die’. Dignitas takes ill and not-so-ill people to Switzerland, where they can […]

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The Musical Search for the Sacred in Modernity

By: James MacMillan

Modernity in music is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon. The much-used word ‘modernism’ is also a catch-all definition which leaves questions still hanging in the air. It is a word, like ‘socialism’ or ‘spirituality’, that can easily be hijacked by partisan voices who then claim ownership of it and thereafter imbue it with their own narrow, […]

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Juristocracy from a UK and European Perspective

By: Gerard Conway

1. ‘Towards Juristocracy’ – Ran Hirschl’s Thesis • Hirschl identifies, over the past few decades, the remarkable growth in constitutional review: “Around the globe, in more than eighty countries and in several supranational entities, constitutional reform has transferred an unprecedented amount of power from representative institutions to judiciaries … a force of social change removed […]

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