Tolerance develops when empathy is encouraged, because it allows a child – or adult – to enter the shoes of another.
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With vast numbers of people migrating around the world, understanding how racial tolerance is created – and encouraging more of it – is more important than ever.
Poor people are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather and sea level rise, yet have contributed little to the causes.
More than 2,000 academics, including philosophers and ethicists, are urging global leaders at the Paris climate summit to focus on the moral dimensions of climate change.
All’s well … then one day you walk out the front door and into a freshly-nuked hellscape.
Do you run wild in Fallout, or vicariously hunt zombies in The Walking Dead? Three philosophers investigate the enduring appeal of the post-apocalypse.
The core disciplines of the ancient and enduring tradition are focused on the cultivation of strength.
Stoicism is an ancient concept – so why is it regaining popularity in the 21st century?
Bringing coal-fired power to the poor also means bringing pollution.
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Considerations of the moral case for coal must do far more than consider whether cheap fossil energy will lift people out of poverty. It must consider the pollution and harm to nature that come with it.
Looking to the cosmos to find our place in the universe.
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Proponents of Big History say science provides a better sacred story for humanity than traditional faiths. Will this lead to an era of better stewardship of the environment?
Tiny termites build mega mounds.
They're the soil-builders that allow Africa's arid savannas to be lush grasslands. What do they do inside their huge mounds – and how does a collective mind allow them to do it?
Would finding the fountain of youth really be such a great thing?
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Some scientists claim a pill that would have us living healthier lives for longer is less than a generation away. But many philosophers argue extended life may not be as good as it sounds.
Philosophy can often be obscure. But is that because it’s complex, or made so?
We might hope that good arguments will eventually drive out bad arguments – in what Timothy Williamson calls “a reverse analogue of Gresham’s Law” – and we might want (almost?) complete freedom for ideas…
Wildlife corridors: four proposals to ‘rewild’ portions of North America.
Proposals to set aside vast tracts of land for wildlife raise ethical questions, challenging the human-centric view of the value of life.
Peter Singer and Anthony Fisher faced off in a debate over euthanasia on Thursday night.
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The goal in the Peter Singer-Anthony Fisher debate on euthanasia was never to change anyone’s mind but to speak to an existing base.
Our democratic ship of state is in bad shape.
Campaigns are now more focused on how to manipulate the electorate so you can govern as you see fit once you get power.
Moral judgment should not be based on knowledge that comes only from hindsight.
The film 13 Minutes dramatises an attempt by Georg Elser to assassinate Hitler in 1939, to prevent the war the Führer was preparing for. How clear-cut was the moral justification for that act?
René Magritte’s The False Mirror (1928).
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A philosopher's thoughts on how an individual can overcome the feeling of helplessness in the face of global climate change.
Most of us can’t bend it like Beckham, for various reasons. But is that necessarily the worst thing?
Rather than hold on to the idea of equality of opportunity, it might be more accurate to say that we don’t really support it because it comes at too high a price.
Teaching Plato in Palestine?
Does God exist? Is piety worth it? Can violence be justified? Philosophy can offer a way to engage with these questions on which there are often widely differing beliefs.
How would Descartes approach this?
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Can you and should you stop free thought? Not in primary school.
Giving, or contributing, beyond ourselves is one of the strongest predictors of happiness and health.
A philosophy based on giving of ourselves to others may help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, while helping to bridge the extremes of our emotions and beliefs.
Religions can promote division and inequality in our societies.
Fundamentalists become warriors with a simple message of salvation that is found in a naïve and literal interpretation of ancient, sacred texts.
The pope's encyclical on ecology addresses all individuals who want to live with integrity – and their ability to take personal actions on global problems.