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Idea/Fairness & Equality

Hierarchy is either strictly constrained or it is indefensible

Philip Pettit

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Essay/Fairness & Equality

In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It's time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others

Essay/Political Philosophy

The last hollow laugh

Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic

Paul Sagar

Idea/Politics & Government

There's a Green Card-holder at the heart of Greek philosophy

David V Johnson

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Essay/Political Philosophy

The power thinker

Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever

Colin Koopman

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today

Skye C Cleary

Essay/History

The new authoritarians

Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?

Holly Case

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Essay/Politics & Government

Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

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Idea/History of Ideas

How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free

Sam Dresser

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Free speech debates are more than ‘radicals’ vs ‘liberals’

Eric Heinze

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Essay/Digital Culture

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

Idea/Political Philosophy

What would Leibniz say about the schisms in Europe today?

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Essay/History of Ideas

How not to be a chucklehead

Saturday mornings with J L Austin in postwar Oxford were a golden time for wordplay, silly jokes and serious philosophy

Nakul Krishna

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Idea/History

Why historians would make bad policy advisers

Neville Morley

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Idea/Ethics

There’s no moral difference between a wall and a migrant visa

Hrishikesh Joshi

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Can liberal values be absolute? Or is that a contradiction?

Max Hayward

Idea/History

America’s Declaration of Independence was pro-immigrant

Steven Pincus

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Essay/Political Philosophy

Bruno the brave

For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero

Stephanie Merritt

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Idea/Cultures & Languages

How the end of democracy made the Greeks more polite

Eleanor Dickey

Essay/Politics & Government

The English question

Little England may have undone Great Britain. Will a nation of dark fascism or one of green and pleasant lands emerge?

Paul Harris

Idea/Political Philosophy

Charisma is a mysterious and dangerous gift

John Potts

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Essay/Values & Beliefs

Beyond anger

Anger is the emotion that has come to saturate our politics and culture. Philosophy can help us out of this dark vortex

Martha C Nussbaum

Essay/Politics & Government

Everyone was a liberal

On the Left, ‘neoliberal’ is an epithet but, not long ago, everyone wanted to be liberal. Will anyone claim liberalism?

Lawrence Glickman

Video/Political Philosophy

Want to build a just society? John Rawls said to start by ignoring your identity

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Idea/History

A beleaguered Britain takes comfort in nostalgia for empire

Paul Harris

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Idea/Political Philosophy

How free market ideology perverts the vocabulary of democracy

Jason Stanley

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Essay/History of Ideas

Why Spinoza still matters

At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever

Steven Nadler

Idea/Politics & Government

Do conservative think tanks help to balance policy debates?

Jason Stahl

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Idea/Political Philosophy

We must stop worshipping the false god of the strong leader

Archie Brown

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Idea/Political Philosophy

It’s not presidents but pressure groups who lead US politics

Erik Loomis