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In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

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In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

    Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?

    Free riding: Why act, when acting is likely to make no difference?

    Are there reasons to act in a particular way, to willingly make some sacrifice, do something which may be good, and which we may even be committed to, when our actions (or lack of action) are likely to be of no consequence? Is size detrimental to democratic community? Professor Roger Crisp joins us to discuss whether the free rider problem highlights the limitation of moral philosophy.

    • 44 min
    Ramadan and the reality of interdependence

    Ramadan and the reality of interdependence

    Much like the month of Ramadan, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an intense reminder of a reality we most often ignore: the fact of the limits we inhabit, and our dependence on others.

    • 36 min
    Is there a moral case against the COVID-19 “shutdown”?

    Is there a moral case against the COVID-19 “shutdown”?

    Calls are mounting for an end to the “shutdown” that has been imposed by governments throughout the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – including from some highly regarded philosophers. Are there more humane, more democratic ways of responding to the threat of the virus?

    • 44 min
    Is COVID-19 bringing the best, or worst, out of our politics?

    Is COVID-19 bringing the best, or worst, out of our politics?

    Is the pandemic having a chastening effect on our politics, bringing voters back to the real-world consequences of political decisions, or is the pandemic in fact playing right into the hands of populist politicians, creating ideal conditions in which to fan the flames or fear, resentment and mutual suspicion?

    • 48 min
    Is it time to end simulated sex on television and film?

    Is it time to end simulated sex on television and film?

    Why, in the light of the #MeToo movement, have we not questioned the aesthetic, much less moral, justification for the disproportionate amount of nudity and simulated sex required of female actors? Do we really need to prolong this puerile reliance on sex to attract viewers?

    • 45 min
    Ordinary vices: Is pride an affront to, or the basis of, dignity?

    Ordinary vices: Is pride an affront to, or the basis of, dignity?

    Can pride be ‘redeemed’, and form the basis of human dignity, or is pride as such a form of moral corruption, a debased form of moral vision?

    • 41 min

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