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Mississippi adopts anti abortion legislation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mississippi is the latest state to introduce new anti-abortion legislation. This could shut down its one remaining abortion clinic thus ending the possibility of abortion in that state. This action on the one hand “ensures the lives of the born and unborn are protected” (Governor Phil Bryant) yet on the other it appears to go directly against a womans basic right to an abortion as enshrined in the Roe vs Wade ruling of 1973. Click here for the link to the article in the LA Times

Philosophers Football Match

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Strange but true -
A board game simulating a football match between French and German Philosophers.
If you fancy a go then click here for the link. It contains all of the rules and everything you’ll need to play!

Logical Positivism and Empiricism

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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The Falsification Principle

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Sexuality and Relationships

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Just War Theory

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Environmental Ethics

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The Conscience

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Free Will and Determinism

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In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

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Euthanasia and Ethical Theory

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Embryo Research and Ethical Theory

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Abortion and Ethical Theory

Abortion is the premature termination of a foetus from the womb, legal up to 24 weeks with the agreement of two doctors

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Utilitarianism and Christian Ethics

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Utilitarianism

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Kantian Ethics and Christian Ethics

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Kantian Ethics

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Christian Ethics

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The Problem of Evil

John Hick defined evil as “physical pain, mental suffering and moral wickedness” For Hick, the consequence of evil is suffering

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Sociology of Religion

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Psychology of Religion

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Teleological Argument

The word ‘Telos’ is Greek for purpose. The Teleological argument thus argues that the universe is being directed towards a telos, an end purpose, and the a posteriori evidence of an apparent intelligent design in the world implies the existence of an intelligent designer, God.

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Religious Experience

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Ontological Argument

The word ‘ontos’ means ‘being.’ The Ontological argument thus attempts to prove the existence of God a priori by focusing on the nature of his existence or being. St. Anslem (1033-1109) was the Archbishop of Canterbury. His argument was first presented in the form of a prayer in his book, ‘Proslogion,’ directed at the fool of the Psalm (Psalm 14) who says in his heart that there is no God.

There are two forms to Anslem’s Ontological argument:

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The Moral Argument

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Cosmological Argument

The word ‘cosmos’ refers to the universe as an ordered, harmonious and holistic entity. The Cosmological argument therefore argues for the existence of God a posteriori based on the apparent order in the universe.

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The Goodness of God

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God’s Activity in the World and the Concept of Miracle

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The Concept of God as Creator

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Introduction to Judaeo-Christianity

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Plato’s Theory of Forms

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

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Plato’s Body/Soul Distinction

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Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

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Greek Influences on Judaeo-Christian Thought

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Critical Analysis of Platonic Thought

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Aristotle’s Concept of the Prime Mover

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Aristotle’s Concept of Cause

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Aristotle’s Body/Soul Distinction

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Virtue Ethics

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Relativism

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Natural Law

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Meta-Ethics

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Ethical Non-Cognitivism

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Ethical Cognitivism

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