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The RPE course at the University of Gloucestershire.

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Welcome to new RPE students!

As we approach the start of term – a quick post to welcome all the RPE students joining us! There are loads of archives here of posts – and will be new ones shortly… In the meantime, feel…

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What is Money?

What is money? We all use money every day, yet it is the most mysterious of commodities. It can be bought and sold like everything else (think of the currency markets) but it is also the medium through…

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100% RPE @ Glos 7th in the country!

As well as attaining 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, the department for Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at University of Gloucestershire has been rated 7th in the national Guardian league table for the subject area…

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Philosophy as a way of Life

Nowadays we tend to think of philosophy as an academic discipline you study in university and that to be a philosopher is to be a professor of philosophy. But that is not always how it has been, according…

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Why Philosophy?

Why do philosophy at all?

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Faith in Lockdown: some truly astonishing images.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/03/keeping-the-faith-religion-in-the-uk-amid-coronavirus?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other This is a great pictorial journey through the lockdown experience from a religious perspective (click on to the above link). Three months without congregational worship may have been hard for many but there have been some that…

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RPE @ Uni Glos reflects on death and memory, or the lack of it!

https://theconversation.com/dark-tourism-memorial-sites-will-help-us-heal-from-the-trauma-of-coronavirus-139164 (The above image is that of Renwick Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island) How long should we remember the dead? Why are some events represented in the way that they are and others forgotten or conveniently disregarded? After…

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India’s Modi says yoga a ‘protective shield’ against coronavirus

Its an interesting thought…but however you look at it, Yoga, in whatever form it takes, from whichever tradition it draws its lineage from (or not) is reputed to have both curative and preventative qualities. It may not provide…

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Yet Another Apology: Multinational obliterates as 46,000-year-old sacred indigenous site in Australia

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/01/business/rio-tinto-pilbara-sacred-site-intl-hnk-scli/index.html When I first read Bruce Chatwin’s widely acclaimed The Songlines (1987), probably in the mid-nineties, I was not so much interested in its literary merits but more in the fact that in part it was an account…

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Studying Ethics has never been more important: Religion, Philosophy and Ethics @ Uni of Gloucestershire.

Has there ever been a time when it was more important to be able to discuss, debate and argue about the place of ethics in the world today, in a balanced and informed manner? Learn to tools of…

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Covid 19 and the virus of Islamophobia

In a number of recent reports Al Jazeera had highlighted a the unsettling ways in which Covid 19 has been used to justify populist government policies that target and use as scapegoats minority Muslim communities. According to the…

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