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The Ethics of Social Prescriptions - comment on the Loneliness Strategy

The Government has announced a new national strategy to combat loneliness. Professor Kimberley Brownlee, Philosophy, comments on the recommendation that GPs should be able to 'prescribe' social activities.

Fourth volume of Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality published, posthumously - expert comment from Prof Stuart Elden

"The issues he was concerned with – madness and mental illness, medicine and health, punishment, sexuality – remain pressing issues today and Foucault’s investigation of these issues, and perhaps especially the questions he asked about them, mean he continues to be a regular reference. With the publication of this book, we are continually finding new work to explore and think with him.” Professor Stuart Elden comments on today's publication.

Professor Quassim Cassam writes, does dogmatism affect our efficacy as freethinkers?

"In 1969 Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon. The collapse of the two World Trade Center Towers on 9/11 was caused by aircraft impacts and the resulting fires. During the Second World War, the Nazis systematically murdered millions of Jews with the aim of exterminating the Jewish population of Europe. These are all things I know. But I also know that each of these claims has been questioned by conspiracy theorists and others. There are people who seriously believe that the moon landing was faked, that the twin towers were brought down by a controlled demolition and that the Holocaust is a myth. There are people who not only believe these things but present what they regard as evidence in support of them. How should I respond to this evidence? What should my attitude be?"

Wed 26 July 2017, 13:14 | Tags: University of Warwick, Philosophy

Prof Keith Ansell-Pearson to discuss the moral philosophy of our time on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time'

Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson of the University of Warwick Philosophy department will be on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' discussing Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality (1887) on 12 January at 9:00am and 21:30.

Mon 12 December 2016, 15:45 | Tags: Arts, Philosophy

Elderly people can do just as much for society as society can do for them - Kimberley Brownlee

Jeremy Hunt has his attention on the right issue – the chronic acute loneliness of many elderly people – but he misidentifies who benefits when they are invited to live with other people - writes Kimberley Brownlee from Warwick Law School.

Wed 01 July 2015, 18:22 | Tags: Philosophy, Current Affairs, Law, Social Affairs

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