When Is a Religion Responsible for the Acts of Its Followers?

Farid Panjwani | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Farid Panjwani

What is the relationship between the teachings of a religion and the actions of its followers? What is the relationship between the text and the act? When, if ever, a religion, in this case Islam, can be credited with the acts, good or bad, of its followers?

Idealists, Convicts, Misfits and Russians: A Civilian's Tale in Eastern Ukraine

Tom Johnson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In times of war, except in cases of extreme tragedy, the plight of the civilian is often ignored. The devastating shooting down of flight MH17 served only to cruelly to remind us that the civilian costs in war are often just as great as the military ones...

Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

Andrew Hammond | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.

Dear Michael Gove, Please Keep Your Politics Out of English

Tom Johnson | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Britain has indeed produced some of the world's best literature, but to presume that we have done so alone and prescribe a romp through literature that assumes as much ignores the world outside of our shores. If you want to inspire a love of literature, by all means select politically diverse works, gorgeously written, intellectually challenging pieces. But do not pick and choose a whole curriculum in accordance with a narrow, personal political vision.

Liberal or Conservative, You're Probably Irrational

Mahmood Naji | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

In light of the European elections, and the ideological cacophony that has resulted, it is worth shining a pessimistic light on our political allegiances. There's a reason that the population of leafy suburbia usually vote Tory, whilst inhabitants of liberal hotbeds known as universities are more likely to decry UKIP's fascist agenda. Our position on the political spectrum seems inexorably contingent on our environment, and this should make us doubt every one of our convictions.

Blair: Others Have Stupid Religious Wars; We Had Smart Ones

Abby Day | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Abby Day

When Tony Blair claims it is religious or cultural difference that will fuel 21st century wars, not the ideologies that caused past wars (The Observer, January 26, 2014) he shows only a skewed notion of religion's place in society and history. He projects a narrow idea of what it means to be religious, and diverts attention from other, more systemic problems.

Public Services We Can Believe In

Dan Gregory | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

The taxpayer it seems, doesn't actually like privatisation very much. Successive governments have often been to the right of the taxpayer, outsourcing regardless of a public mandate, not least in the NHS.

What Will the Land of Liberty Make of Polyamory?

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

To sugar-coat an unspoken truth: polyamory seeks to upend a many thousand-year-old narrative about ownership. We don't own our daughter's virginity. Husbands don't own their wives. Wives don't own their husbands.

Žižek and Fiennes: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Peter Thompson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Thompson

The reason that this film is a pervert's guide is that in order to be able to see how ideology works, you have to be able to look at it in a perverted way. Everything has to be stood on its head and looked at askance if we are to see it properly.


Adam Afriyie | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Populism is on the rise, not just here in Britain but globally. It's no good dismissing it, ignoring it or attacking it. It's no good ridiculing, insulting or bullying populist voters. We need to understand how populist parties have changed over the decades and why modern populist parties are gaining ground.

Ding Dong Thatcher's Gone - Should I Celebrate?

Rima Amin | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Rima Amin

I understand why people are angry by the woman who favoured functional inequalities and believed it to be a necessity for a dynamic economy as she cared little for those consequently suffering.

The Cost of Putting Ideology Before Reason

Daniel Woods | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Woods

Being in government is a privilege. You have the power to influence peoples lives for the better. But at present this government is betraying that responsibility. Theory, and ideology is important, but it stands or fails on real world outcomes.

On Female Nudity

Elizabeth Mizon | Posted 10.04.2013 | Home
Elizabeth Mizon

The naked body. Our instinct is to bloody love 'em. Looking at one, touching one, being wrapped up in and by one. Mm. Damn. Such sensuality, intimacy...

Just Another Night on Channel 4 News

Adrian Millar | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Millar

Call me an idealist, but people need to reflect upon their motivation, on where they get their kicks, on what is really driving them in conflict before they embark on violence with all its negative consequences for themselves and others.

The Triumph of Principle Over Pragmatism in Politics Must Be Curbed

Justin Cash | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Justin Cash

Good governance is a rare commodity. It requires compromise, flexibility and progressive thinking. Unfortunately, our political discourse is firmly rooted in a handful of supposedly eternal truths that received wisdom tells us we can never sacrifice.

Visions of the Past

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

Elections are framed as a clash of personalities, but whilst this adversarial dialogue is engaging, the US election is not a stage of Mortal Kombat. The US election is a complex discourse between different ideas. Sometimes the ideas aren't that different, sometimes they are. The most interesting difference between the policy platforms of the two major parties is the different origins they have.

The Third Presidential Debate and America's Divided Ideology

Thomas Grant | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Grant

Ideology in America is a funny thing. United under the one flag they are divided almost down the middle by their morals and principles. On November 6, the nation in effect, will decide to continue on the path that has been struggling for the past four years, or following the road that led them to crisis in the first place.

One Country, No Nation

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

The nation could go the way of the parish and Great Britain could become a prototype for states across the world.

Labour v Conservative: My Party Conference Comparison 2012

Rachael Toon | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Rachael Toon

Labour are using opposition to their advantage, and members are responding to the rallying cries of those in charge. The Conservatives are sticking things out. Government is not proving easy but they seem to be taking people along with them - especially their young members, who could be the campaigning difference in 2015 between a Labour victory and a Labour defeat.

Harder Exams, Politics and a Sense of Reality

Sarah Ebner | Posted 01.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Ebner

Should examinations be harder? Is it fair to the current cohort of students to raise standards so that they miss out on pass grades? These are the questions currently gripping our education system.

Miliband Versus Cameron: the Philosopher Versus the Ideologue?

Mike Ion | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics
Mike Ion

The next UK election will not only be a contest between the Tory 'posh boys' and Labour's 'ordinary people' it will also be a fascinating run-off between the philosopher politician and the marketing man's ideologue.

Why Labour Have Not Gained From the Budget

Liam McLaughlin | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Politics
Liam McLaughlin

As long as these smears are accepted by the public, Labour will continue to suffer from a toxic image of economic incompetence. The task facing them now is not so much in rethinking their policies, but in figuring out how to convincingly express them to those who are still cynical.

Duffle Coats and Dreams: The Student Love Affair With the Left Wing

Rosslyn McNair | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rosslyn McNair

'If you are not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you are not conservative by 40, you have no brain'. The question is, are students with conservative views ahead of the game? Can they see beyond youthful idealism to the realities of their future life which will inevitably be governed by capitalism?

Labour Must Reaffirm its Preferential Option for the Poor‏

Mike Ion | Posted 17.11.2011 | UK Politics
Mike Ion

Politics that seeks the liberation of people from poverty, injustice and persecution can be a powerful force for change.

Conspiracy Theory as Political Philosophy and Ideology - Reflections on a post 911 world

Tony Sobrado | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Politics
Tony Sobrado

As any Philosopher of Science will tell you formal theories serve as explanations to observed phenomena, an association between the explanandum - the object of phenomena to be explained; and the explanans - the framework, concept or theory to be used as an the reference point for explanation.