Month: January 2008

Barack Obama, the e-mail culture and religious smears

I thought this might interest readers of this blog. You can watch a full report, via PBS, HERE . Now, as you will know Barack Obama is one of the two main competitors for the Democratic nomination for […]

  Barack 29 January 2008  

A Good Death – how do we measure the value of ‘a life’?

Over at http://unfspb.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/a-good-death/#more-336 there is an interesting discussion that arises out of the death of the actor Heath Ledger. His death is often described in media reports as a ‘tragedy’ – but how do we balance the value […]

  death 28 January 2008  

Julian Baggini Talk: All Invited

Popular Philosopher Julian Baggini will be giving a talk on communitarianism in Britain. In a recent piece for Prospect magazine, he writes that while the elite of Britain remains liberal, much of the rest of the population adopts […]

  philosophy 14 January 2008  

Podcast on Buddhism for RPE208

Those of you doing RPE208 – Indian Religions – may wish to download the Four Noble Truths podcast that I talked about in class. You can find it at http://r-p-e.blogspot.com/2007/02/buddhism-podcast-2-four-noble-truths.html – and download via a link there. You […]

  Four Noble Truths 11 January 2008  

Cheltenham Ladies College Event – 2008

Cheltenham Ladies College is having its annual Religious Studies Event – and as last year (see the report by RPE students HERE) they have kindly invited RPE students to attend should they wish.Details are below – but let […]

  A Level Religious Studies 9 January 2008  

Why Study Religion, Philosophy and Ethics?

Philosophy seems more popular in Schools than ever. [As noted HERE by Nigel Warburton] In Scotland, the Herald newspaper has considered this – causing a number of its online readers to comment HERE about the value of philosophy. […]

  philosophy 9 January 2008  

GLOUCESTERSHIRE PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY 2008

Here are the upcoming Gloucestershire Philosophical Society sessions- 1. 16th. January, 2008. Chris Eddy, Swindon Philosophical Society. :”Why I am not an atheist”. Chris Eddy accepts Philip Kitcher’s challenge, in ‘Living with Darwin’, to articulate a form of […]

  atheism 9 January 2008  

Blogging the Qur’an

“How should Islam’s sacred book be read in the 21st century? How should non-Muslims interpret its message? In a year-long project, Ziauddin Sardar will read the Qur’an from beginning to end, discussing its verses, themes, language and meaning.” […]

  Islam 6 January 2008  

Kant Attack Ad

Those who observe US political campaigning will be familiar with the ‘Attack Ad’ – the vicious, personal TV ads that assualt viewers with assertion and implication. This is a nice spoof version on Kant: enjoy…..Dave

  attack 1 January 2008  

New Year’s Resolutions

According to an article I read today, the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions dates back to Babylonian times:Four thousand years ago in Babylonian times, resolutions were made with theintention that what was done on the first day […]

  moral 1 January 2008