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Visitors take a selfie photograph in front of Girl with Peaches (1887), by Russian artist Valentin Serov at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Photo by Alexander Kurov/TASS/Getty

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Virtues and vices
Modesty means more, not less

True modesty is not to be timid or meek but a way of being in the world that means you don’t get in the way of your life

Nicolas Bommarito

Speakers corner, London, 1978. Photo by Rudolf Dietrich/ullstein bild/Getty

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Knowledge
Mistaken

Assuming that another person’s opinions are immune from criticism is not a marker of respect. It is, in fact, dehumanising

Daniel Ward

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Virtues and vices
Righteous incivility

The temptation to be uncivil grows as public discourse gets nastier and more aggressive. Can rudeness ever be righteous?

Amy Olberding

Destitute family; five children, aged two to 17 years. American River camp in Sacramento, California, in 1936. Photograph by Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress

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Beauty and aesthetics
More than skin deep

Beauty is a deeply moral matter that makes kindness, empathy and honesty attractive, while vice warps into ugliness

Panos Paris

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Ethics
Imagine there’s no jealousy

Why we should understand jealousy as nothing more than a vice that ought to be replaced by the new virtue of compersion

Luke Brunning

Ann Atwater and C P Ellis, longtime enemies, chaired a 10-day community summit on desegregating Durham schools, ‘Save Our Schools’ (SOS). Photo by Jim Thornton, courtesy of The Herald-Sun Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

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Political philosophy
Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

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Virtues and vices
Against moral sainthood

As philosopher Susan Wolf argues, life is far more meaningful and rich if we do not aim at being morally perfect

Daniel Callcut

Two Philosophers. Original painting of Gregg Caruso and Daniel Dennett by Andrea Ventura.

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Virtues and vices
Just deserts

Can we be held morally responsible for our actions? Yes, says Daniel Dennett. No, says Gregg Caruso. Reader, you decide

Daniel C Dennett & Gregg D Caruso

The Rivals (1876) by Charles Edward Perugini. Photo by Getty Images

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Love and friendship
Love your frenemy

Envy is the dark side of love, but love is the luminous side of envy. Is there a way to harness envy wisely, for growth?

Sara Protasi

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Information and communication
And their eyes glazed over

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?

Joelle Renstrom

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Information and communication
Datagasm

Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places

Mark Hay

From The Secret Companion  by R J Brodie London, 1845. Photo by Wellcome Images

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Virtues and vices
A handy history

Condemned, celebrated, shunned: masturbation has long been an uncomfortable fact of life. Why?

Barry Reay