Aug 2016
Can Secular Morality Tame Religious Violence?

According to University of Notre Dame philosopher Gary Gutting, the answer is a qualified ‘yes.’ Gutting has an interesting piece on religion and violence in the New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone, in which he uses the recent murder of a French priest by Islamic militants as the starting point for comparing Christianity and Islam with respect to religiously motivated violence. Gutting notes that there have been periods and places in history where Islam has been more tolerant of religious dissent than Christianity, and vice versa. However, citing 2013 Pew Centre......

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Jul 2016
Zombie Ideas

One theme that we’ll be exploring in different ways through the Humanitas Centre is the process of integrating information from a variety of sources into one’s view and experience of the world. For example, how does knowledge from science, philosophy, history, theology, etc., fit together? What are the best practices for handling tensions or disagreements when one source seems to conflict with another? Steven Poole’s Guardian article “Why Bad Ideas Refuse to Die” addresses an aspect of this process through the concept of “zombie ideas.” Many ideas have been brilliantly upgraded or......

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