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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.

    How can we live with coronavirus uncertainty?

    How can we live with coronavirus uncertainty?

    In little more than a month, the coronavirus has exploded the sense of certainty, confidence, optimism and control on which so much of modern life, the economy and politics are predicated. Were these always just illusions?

    • 38 min
    Can we cultivate social solidarity in a time of physical distancing?

    Can we cultivate social solidarity in a time of physical distancing?

    Any meaningful recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will require imagination, risk, solidarity and vulnerability; it will mean refusing to ‘free-ride’ and a willingness to sacrifice. How can we cultivate this capacity for social solidarity in our time of social fragmentation and mutual distancing?

    • 45 min
    What (new) forms of living might the coronavirus produce?

    What (new) forms of living might the coronavirus produce?

    What new forms of life together — of modesty, prudence, simplicity, mutuality, sociality and cooperation — might we discover under the conditions of scarcity and social isolation imposed by the coronavirus, that perhaps we didn’t envision in more 'normal' times?

    • 38 min
    What does the coronavirus reveal about us?

    What does the coronavirus reveal about us?

    Is there a way of responding to the coronavirus that is both effective and ethical? That contributes to the tasks of social cohesion and mutual concern?

    • 40 min
    Is capitalism inimical to ethics?

    Is capitalism inimical to ethics?

    Does capitalism cultivate an ethos, an understanding of the nature of social relations and mutual obligation that is inimical to what might be called the demands of "democratic morality"?

    • 1 hr 19 min
    International Women’s Day – cause for celebration, or commiseration?

    International Women’s Day – cause for celebration, or commiseration?

    The corporate rebranding of International Women’s Day (IWD) couldn’t be further from the day’s revolutionary roots, or any meaningful discussion of women’s liberation. It negates any discussion of the nature of power under patriarchy, and how relations of power between women and men might be genuinely transformed.

    • 39 min

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