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Democracy and the Limits of Secularity

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 3:33pm 0 Comments

Democracy and the Limits of Secularity


     Is secularity a necessary condition of democracy? This question prompts much disagreement. While adherents of the liberal tradition typically maintain that secularity is necessary, a new wave of contemporary thinkers, having observed the spread of democracy throughout the non-“West,” conclude that secularity may not, after all, be so crucial. But what do we mean when we say “secular society”?…


Book Review: Martha Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:09am 0 Comments

Book Review

Martha Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership


What happens when expanding moral frontiers become inhospitable to old theories? Either we replace the old theories with new ones or, if possible, we make repairs. In Frontiers of Justice, Martha Nussbaum sets out to see what can be salvaged of traditional social contract theories of justice in light of three new problem areas: disability, global justice,…


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The 2020 Election & the View from Overseas, with Nikolas Gvosdev

As the 2020 election begins to come into focus, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev details the foreign policy cleavages in the Democratic Party. Plus, referencing Nahal Toosi's recent article in "Politico," he discusses the worries that many in Europe have about a Trump reelection or a progressive candidate who also questions the status quo. What's the view from abroad on this turbulent time in American politics?

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?

Ethical Considerations in a Trade War with China

Are there ethical considerations that need to be factored in as part of assessing the merits of a "trade war" with the People's Republic of China?





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