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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Wednesday 09 October 2013
To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a spiritual sage who empowered disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. To secular Israelis he was a medieval figure in flowing robes occasionally given to bizarre rants. But through his control of the Shas party Yosef wielded influence over all Israelis. His death leaves a vacuum that could see the party splinter, reshaping Israeli politics.
Tuesday 08 October 2013
Easing restrictions on land and labour could boost the West Bank’s GDP by 35 per cent
Monday 07 October 2013
Yosef had suffered from a variety of medical ailments for several years
Tuesday 01 October 2013
The Likudists suddenly find that the whole world wants peace in the Middle East rather than war
Sunday 29 September 2013
The US is being torn between the old alliance with Israel and a conversation with Iran
The Palestinian village erased from the map: Demolition of Makhul shows how Israelis are transforming the Jordan Valley, despite international condemnation
Thursday 26 September 2013
Ben Lynfield meets those losing their homes - and a way of life
Monday 23 September 2013
You needed stamina for this one: two hours-plus without an interval, standing in the open air at an ex-military barracks in Derry-Londonderry, as rain clouds threatened and a stiffening breeze blew inland up the Foyle estuary.
Dalmanutha: Biblical town referred to in the Gospel of Mark may have been discovered by archaeologists
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Ancient town has been found on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee
Monday 16 September 2013
Parents and pupils in occupied territory face a major dilemma
Friday 13 September 2013
British Airways has apologised for displaying an in-flight map with the words “Palestinian Territories” covering part of Israel.
Thursday 12 September 2013
Colorado ousts gun control advocates
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Support for suicide bombing amongst Muslims from the Middle East to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa has shown a dramatic drop over the last decade, research from 11 Muslim countries has shown.
Do not wear headscarves; do not wear crucifixes; do not question the syllabus: France’s school rules
Monday 09 September 2013
Some Muslim critics condemn 15-point charter as a thinly veiled attack on Islam
Syria crisis: European foreign ministers to urge John Kerry to delay US military action until UN weapons inspectors report back
Saturday 07 September 2013
European foreign ministers meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to urge the United States to hold off any military action in Syria until UN inspectors report on the alleged use of chemical weapons.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
Yasser Abed Rabbo says that the negotiations, which kicked off in late July after a three-year hiatus, have made no progress
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group