The US women’s soccer team has recently become the focus of a national debate over the apparent pay gap between the men’s and women’s teams. Many are pointing to this as an example of systemic disc…
Areo"What happens when two different people value something differently? The deciding factor is the group identity of the actor, which is where the postmodern labor theory of value draws upon intersectionality" explains @shaunjcammack
One of the most significant developments of the late modern period (post–1750) has been the replacement of ordered hierarchy as a social and political value by equality. Equality can take two diffe…
Areo"In the US, the question of how to balance competitive equality with equality of condition has been with us from the beginning." Carl Bankston takes a indepth historical look at American conceptions of equality.
Many people are nostalgic for the days when letter writing was commonplace. When they describe these longings, they usually cite the physical aspects of the experience: the movements of the wrist a…
Areo"In the polarised, combative political environment of today, we need calm, considered one-on-one discussions more than ever."
"Debaters aim to win; letter writers to persuade."
@IonaItalia introduces @LetterWiki with whom Areo is proud to partner.
Although the ideology of identity politics remains hegemonic in the academy and in many social institutions, a growing—and arguably necessary—body of critique has been emerging. These critiques hav…
Areo"What happened to this burgeoning of academic feminist work on motherhood?
Judith Butler happened. After Butler, it became problematic to talk about women—so we spent all our time deconstructing women and exposing women’s sins" - @PetraBueskens
It starts with a tweet, perhaps, or a brief video clip. Someone, somewhere, has violated your core values—those of every correct-thinking person. How could this have happened? Not only were the wea…
Areo"The Hippocratic oath famously centers the injunction to do no harm. In our social climate, in which it is easier than ever to harm others all over the world, through misinformation and abuse, such an oath is vital" - @Ideopunk & @peternlimberg
In Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s The Grand Design, the authors take aim at that most seemingly irrelevant of fields: philosophy. They pose some of the big questions about the universe and …
Areo"The history of philosophy is a big field and it takes a steady and expert hand to guide a reader through it. @acgrayling, a longtime proponent of philosophy in public life, achieves this." A review by Daniel Sharp (@DJtotheS)
My fellow nonbelievers, Whether you call yourself an atheist, an agnostic—or even spiritual but not religious—there’s a decent chance that you weren’t raised to accept such a position. Many of us w…
Areo"Many nonbelievers pride themselves on their commitment to rationality... . I simply implore you to keep going. Don’t stop at the Torah or the Qur’an. As secular humanists, we should resist intellectual tyranny wherever we find it" says @ChipkinLogan
A detailed look at the recent Intelligence Squared debate on the motion “Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism” can help illuminate some of the main points to be considered in examining this controversial …
AreoJonathan Gellman takes a detailed look at the recent Intelligence Squared debate on the motion “Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism” and addresses misunderstandings that commonly arise on both sides of this question.
On the balmy Saturday night of June 30th, 1934, Ernst Roehm and his lieutenants of the notorious Nazi SA Sturmabteilung, better known as the brown shirts, were sleeping soundly at the Hanslbauer Ho…
Areo"when the BJP & Hindutva are done lynching hapless Muslim cattle herders, murdering freethinkers, demonising liberal leftists & expunging Christian missionaries, they will come for who fail the purity test of what makes a true Hindu," argues @ZMadon.
It’s evident that we have a problem with climate change and pollution. The world is heating up, we’re losing species, and plastics plague our oceans. These expansive problems are not easily solved,…
Areo"Free-market capitalism is the solution, rather than the problem. Although environmentalism is a laudable and necessary movement, it would be a dire mistake to let it turn anti-capitalist—or, worse, anti-human," argues @shaunjcammack.