Joshua Greene, a Harvard psychologist turned moral philosopher, gets it right about at least one thing in Moral Tribes. “This is an ambitious book,” he tells us on page five. Its goal? To find “a metamorality, a global philosophy that can adjudicate among competing tribal moralities”. So, an answer to all conflicts between the world's nations, cultures, religions and factions? As a reader, you can't help but wish him luck.
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Friday 19 July 2013
Breakthrough comes after frantic day of negotiations
Thursday 18 July 2013
Bradford East MP questioned whether 'apartheid' state of Israel should no longer exist
Thursday 18 July 2013
PLO executive committee had been expected to rubber stamp approval
Tuesday 16 July 2013
One official described the measure as 'earthquake' for EU-Israeli relations
US Secretary of State William Burns meets with officials in Egypt as President Morsi supporters take to the streets
Monday 15 July 2013
Washington remains torn between support for democracy and uneasiness at the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood
Saturday 13 July 2013
The boy was allegedly threatened with arrest for throwing stones at soldiers
Egypt unrest: Deposed president Mohamed Morsi could face long jail term if found guilty of colluding with foreign groups
Friday 12 July 2013
Egypt’s interim rulers to pursue deposed president over his escape from prison
Thursday 11 July 2013
The Fatah movement of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian premier, is planning a memorial for Ilan Halevi, an Israeli Jew who rose high in the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Palestinians paid tribute after the official PLO news agency, Wafa, confirmed that Mr Halevi had died in Paris on Wednesday aged 69.
Monday 08 July 2013
As the world pleaded for an end to the deadly violence in Egypt, Washington expressed its “deep concern” over events but declared that immediately to cut aid – worth some $1.5bn a year – to the Egyptian regime was “not in the best interests of the US”.
Friday 05 July 2013
Hiawatha was read to me before I could read. The eponymous protagonist of the long poem (his name means “He Makes Rivers”) is a Native American leader whose mother is called Wenonah and whose father is the West Wind. Hiawatha is a prophet, warrior, and peacemaker. In his spare time, he – accidentally, but most conveniently – discovers corn. On a different day, he invents the written word. The Song of Hiawatha is the kind of book I would have liked to write when I was a child and would like to be able to write now.
Sunday 30 June 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday fell short in his latest bid to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table. But he insisted that an agreement by the sides to renew negotiations is ''within reach''.
Friday 28 June 2013
"Manuscripts don't burn…" In my early teens, hating my school, hating pretty much everything, I was kicking around the rectory kitchen of an aunt who'd drawn the short straw of looking after me for half term when she sighed heavily and stubbed out her cigarette. In the few seconds that elapsed before she lit another, she stamped across to a small bookcase. Pulling a tatty paperback from a shelf, she said, "Stalin's favourite playwright. Don't let that put you off."
Friday 28 June 2013
The Archbishop today took to Twitter in order to respond to the claims saying he had "wanted to stay longer and go further, see old friends in Bethlehem"
Thursday 27 June 2013
The fast food giants have turned down an offer to build an outlet in Ariel, inspiring a backlash from the local community
Wednesday 26 June 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met members of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem. He also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and prayed at the Western Wall.
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