philosophy

Wendell Berry - poet, essayist, farmer, activist, rural philosopher

Harriet Griffey
Cultural Editor
| 10th July 2017
How do you define a man who has been at the forefront of the environmental movement of America for over 50 years - poet, essayist, environmentalist, farmer, activist, philosopher? Wendell Berry is all these and now his life's work sits at the heart, writes HARRIET GRIFFEY, of Look and See - a newly-released film about his life and philosophy

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Photo: VIVA & Allen Hanford Ltd.

Human rights are animal rights!

Peter Tatchell
| 28th March 2017
Abusing animals is no more justifiable than abusing people, writes Peter Tatchell. The moral touchstone is sentience, not species, and the 'humans first' ideology of speciesism is analogous to homophobia, racism & misogyny. Cruelty is barbarism, whether inflicted on humans or on other species. We need to recognise and accept our common animal nature.

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Climate change is a white swan

Rupert Read
| 23rd February 2017
There's nothing unexpected about the coming catastrophe: it is approaching us ‘smoothly'. And yet we're doing so little to stop it. What gives? asks Philosopher, RUPERT READ

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Fresh organic 'Heirloom' garlic from New Roots Farm in Newmarket NH, at the Portsmouth, NH farmer's market. Photo: ilovebutter via Flickr (CC BY).

Why the sustainable food movement is unstoppable: it's the philosophy!

Jonathan Latham
| 3rd October 2016
Members of the food movement share an infectious vision, writes Jonathan Latham - one which is constructive, convivial, classless, raceless, international, and embraces the whole world. Unled yet inspirational, it rests on a novel, harmonious philosophy that combines science, recognition of planetary boundaries, and the universal need for wholesome sustenance.

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Forsmark Horizontal silo, Sweden's final repository for radioactive operational waste, located at the Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. Photo: Fred Dawson LRPS via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Nuclear radiation, Kierkegaard, and the philosophy of denial

Chris Busby
| 8th January 2016
As the evidence of the extreme harm to health inflicted by nuclear radiation mounts, the denialists are resorting to ever greater extremes, writes Chris Busby. On the one hand, advancing the absurd claim that ionising radition is not merely harmless, but health-enhancing. On the other, closing down the experiment that would have provided the strongest evidence yet.

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Genuine Leisure

Edward Skidelsky
| 17th March 2014
To be without leisure and do everything for the sake of something else, is to be only half alive, writes Edward Skidelsky.

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Rediscovering our place in the Universe: a couple at Burning Man 2012, Washoe County, Nevada, USA. Photo: Duncan Rawlinson via Flickr.com.

Human rights and the environment

Gabriel Moran
| 27th February 2014
Are human rights separable from the wider rights of other living beings, the environment and the Universe? Gabriel Moran finds that humans need to re-assert their central position in the world and build an encompassing moral responsibility.

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Rupert Sheldrake

It's all in the mind

Rupert Sheldrake
| 19th June 2009
Materialism as a scientific ideology has proved itself unworthy of the challenges we face - we must look elsewhere for life's answers, says Rupert Sheldrake

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