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Legal and religious systems provide rules for living, telling us – often in very concrete terms – what we are and are not permitted to do. Break the rules and you go to jail, get fined, face censure, either on Earth or in the afterlife. By contrast, honour codes inform human action by trafficking in that intangible – but essential – currency: respect. In The Honor Code, the British-born Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah outlines a plan for social change that targets the concept of honour.
Director: Katy Chevigny
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Philosophy of mind
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History of ideas
How did ‘personal responsibility’ evolve into its opposite, ‘everyone for themselves’?
The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one
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Sports and games
After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races
History of technology
Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free
Thinkers and theories
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