Human rights have, for many decades now, been a central concept in cultures that embrace the idea of the sovereign individual. When the individual is understood as ensconced within a sphere of libe…
Areo"The compromise inherent within proportionality has recently fallen out of favour. Alternative concepts, such as diversity, inclusivity, intersectionality and affirming people’s identities, are in the ascendant" - @FinneElizabeth
France has been a crucible of radical philosophy since the eighteenth century, and was the pre-eminent centre for the arts in the nineteenth and twentieth. It was France to which writers like James…
Areo"Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Many French citizens will assemble to express that they are toujours (still) Charlie. And no doubt they are. But..." - RJ. Smith (@always_polite)
The social media network Gab and its CEO Andrew Torba are divisive to say the least. Gab is seen as a free speech alternative to giants like Twitter by some, and as a haven for far-right anti-Semit…
Areo"These self-appointed crusaders seem to have little time for women’s rights, tolerance of other views or, ironically, traditional aspects of American civic culture, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" - Carlos Miguel del Callar.
The purpose of research is to grow our knowledge of the world: whether the focus is quarks, ancient Chinese texts or the income trajectories of US immigrants. This focus on knowledge means that sch…
Areo"People who understand how citations are used tend to take for granted that citing someone’s work isn’t like writing a personal reference for her, and that citations aren’t meant to model any sort of ideal demographic balance." But is this under threat?
One of the artefacts resulting from the rise of the smartphone and social media is the phenomenon of abusive racists caught on camera. One such episode took place recently on the London Underground…
Areo"The strange ideas he mentioned were not his own warped inventions, but myths with deep roots in American black nationalist ideology. As a Jewish Londoner with a broad, racially mixed social circle, I have encountered these ideas frequently"- @PornPanic
As a university professor, I have many responsibilities to my students, but teaching critical thinking is by far the most important. However, recent social trends in higher education have made teac…
Areo"One can only hope that, not too many years from now, we will look back on this period as one of the most bizarre, counterproductive and unapologetically tribal in the history of higher education" - Maximilian Werner (@ProfMWerner)
In a recent exchange of letters on the platform Letter (more on which here), Matthew McManus and I explored the topic of inequality, with a focus on leftist critique. The discussion included an in-…
Areo'In this and a follow-up essay, I distinguish between Heideggerian and Cartesian conceptions of individualism, in order to show that liberal individualism and identity politics can be reconciled" - @jondavidchurch
Section 1: How White Fragility Theory Frames the Problem of Racism The theory of white fragility sees white people as living in a bubble that insulates them from “race-based stress,” shielding them…
Areo"White fragility theory functions as a transaction cost, which sabotages progress in the conversation about racial justice."
@jondavidchurch applies an economic framework to the function of "whiteness" studies in this long read.
Humanity has made tremendous strides in reining in plague, famine and war in recent decades. Take just one example: poverty. Since 1990, on average, with each passing day, there are 130,000 fewer p…
Areo"For decades,humanity’s primary goal has been to increase people’s happiness. So far, we've accomplished this by minimizing the amount of unhappiness. When all potential sources of unhappiness are gone, how will we enhance our happiness?" @Sukhayl_Niyazov