Jessica Thalia Cruz Menezes, who is eight months pregnant, at home in Recife, Brazil, 13 March 2016. The Zika virus has been rampant in the Recife region. Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Getty

Essay/
Bioethics
Which lives matter most?

Thinking about children who are not yet born confronts us with the question of our ethical obligations to future people

Dominic Wilkinson & Keyur Doolabh

Barry Falls/Heart Agency

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Language and linguistics
Naughty words

What makes swear words so offensive? It’s not their meaning or even their sound. Is language itself a red herring here?

Rebecca Roache

Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty

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Bioethics
Boys and girls alike

An un-consenting child, an unnecessary, invasive surgery: is there any moral difference between male and female circumcision?

Brian D Earp

US cyclist Tyler Hamilton rides with a broken collarbone in the 2003 Tour de France. Photo by Offside/Lequipe

Essay/
Bioethics
A doping manifesto

The rules on doping in sport are incoherent – should we change them to allow the right kind of performance enhancement?

Julian Savulescu

Falling stock: a trader on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, Aug 2008. Photo by Benjamin Norman/The New York Times/Redux/eyevine

Essay/
Economics
After markets

Following decades at the heart of government thinking, there are signs that neoliberalism is giving way

William Davies