The new normal could be better than before.
We need to a imagine a fairer future post-COVID. Here are some philosophers with ideas about how.
Students pulling a heavy ball representing the total outstanding student debt in the U.S. at over $1.5 trillion.
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President-elect Joe Biden promised to forgive some part of student debt. An ethicist considers what’s fair.
WHO funder in chief?
Generosity is good, but philanthropy can come at a significant social cost.
Long lines at a grocery store in Spring, Texas, as people rush to stockpile.
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One person’s stockpiling can mean another one’s shortage. A philosopher reminds us of our social and moral obligations at this time.
People practice social distancing by standing apart during a news conference in Washington D.C.
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As the coronavirus spreads far and wide, a political philosopher argues that it is a time to understand that the idea of individual happiness does not work without thinking of the larger good.
South Africans celebrate the Springboks winning the 2019 Rugby Woirld Cup.
Unity for the wrong reasons reduces social cooperation to whatever happens to benefit a particular person or group, making it a zero-sum game.
We can justify different standards for different Twitter users by turning to the philosophical ideas about public debate.
Protests in Charlottesville in the US turned violent recently, leading to the death of one person.
Our society is now intolerant of those who are intolerant of others; they can be legally penalised. But is that in itself a failure of tolerance?
Demonstrating in Washington state, November 2015.
Many groups have been labeled ‘enemy’ in the American past. A literary scholar looks at the role literature and philosophy have played in dispelling fears and shifting public attitudes.
What does Lady Justice stand for?
One of the great issues of our day is inequality. Whether it is the Greek debt crisis, anxieties about Sydney real estate prices, the continuing resonance of “Occupy” and cries about the “1%”, or the publishing…
‘What’s in it for me?’ is a common question today, but not one that necessarily produces the best answers for collective wellbeing.
The concept of the greater good has made a comeback in Europe in an era of budget austerity, but in Australia too few of us are alive to its meaning – and to its vulnerability.
We need to bear a few things in mind before we listen too closely to Oxfam.
Oxfam is making what might appear to be a manifestly sound moral case when it urges political leaders at the global economic conference at Davos to adopt particular policies to reduce economic inequality…