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Political Debate in the Digital Age

Posted on 10 February 2020 by Fabienne Peter

In an ideal democratic world, all citizens are invited to debate political necessities and possibilities to the best of their knowledge and to forge their country’s future in this way. In an ideal democratic world, political debate is, in other words, both inclusive and evidence-led. In a dystopian world, by contrast, political debate is exclusive
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Moralism wins, morality loses. Moralism as a vice in the public debate

Posted on 27 January 2020 by Maria Silvia Vaccarezza

Federico Zuolo         Back in the 20th century, it was not uncommon to hear a leftist accusing a conservative of being “moralist”. Indeed, conservatives were attacked for their pruderies, bigotry and unjustified moralist worries about sexual liberation, drugs, female role, and so on; while a common tenet of the Marxist culture was
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Depending on others for knowledge

Posted on 13 January 2020 by Emily Sullivan

We depend on others. We depend on others when we are sick or when we need help moving into a new house. We also depend on others for knowledge. We learn from books written by other people. Children learn from teachers in school. If we are lost in a city, we depend on others to
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Places of formation: Cultivating open-mindedness amongst university students

Posted on 30 December 2019 by The Oxford Character Project

Bethan Willis                             Ed Brooks In the ongoing discussions around Brexit our relationship to place, near and far, has become a central element of our political discourse. This has perhaps fed into the burgeoning interest in the civic role of the university, its
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