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The Multiple Ways to Criticise Stereotyping

Posted on 12 February 2018 by Kathy Puddifoot

Do you assume that the person wearing the uniform in the shop is a shop assistant, that the teacher enjoys the company of children, or that the vegan has a good level of self-control? It is widely accepted that thoughts like these that associate individuals with features due to their membership of social groups—i.e. stereotypes—are
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Arrogance and the Space of Reasons

Posted on 29 January 2018 by Michael P. Lynch

  A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoining communicated experience. —John Dewey[1]   One of the truly baffling things about the Trump era in the United States is that just when you think our political life could not become any more fractured, it
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Can Exposure to “Fake News” Damage Our Intellectual Character?

Posted on 15 January 2018 by Alan Wilson

There is no denying the current widespread interest in the phenomenon of “fake news”. Reflection on the quality of recent political debates has fuelled concerns about the use of inaccurate and misleading stories and statistics. In response, politicians have begun proposing legislation to combat the spread of misleading information, while technology firms have struggled to
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How to Find Wisdom in a Divided Society

Posted on 1 January 2018 by Alex Huynh

It is not a debate that political division in the U.S., UK and many other European countries is at an all-time high. In the U.S., disagreement on the topics of race, national security, and environmental regulations—just to name a few—have increased during the Obama administration, and have continued to grow to record levels during President Trump’s
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