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Agora: a marketplace of ideas

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Agora is a space for academics and other publicly minded thinkers to draw on their education and experience, in order to address contemporary social, cultural, and political issues from a philosophical point of view, and encourage reasonable debate over contentious issues.

The series is moderated by Aaron James Wendland, senior research fellow in philosophy at Massey College, Toronto and co-editor of Wittgenstein and Heidegger and Heidegger on Technology. He tweets @ajwendland.

Below, you’ll find links to all the columns in the series.

How Britain and the US became trapped in the nationalism of decline – Jeff McMahan, White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Why no vote is deplorable – Michael Hannon, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham

Why thinking as a team is more important than ever – David Papineau, Professor of Philosophy of Science at King’s College London

Why rebranding higher education as ‘job training’ is an offense to humanism – Zina Hitz, Tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis

What the problem of moral luck teaches us about lockdown rule-breakers – Roger Crisp, Professor of Moral Philosophy at St. Anne’s College, Oxford

Why Bertrand Russell’s argument for idleness is more relevant than ever – Max Hayward, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield

Horror and comedy: screaming and laughing – Noël Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center

Black Lives Matter and the politics of violence – Alexander Blanchard, Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London

How coronavirus exposed our society’s ageism – Vittorio Bufacchi, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University College Cork

What the pandemic tells us about personal identity – Kieran Setiya, Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How bias algorithms perpetuate inequality – Susanna Schellenberg, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University

Love isn’t about happiness. It’s about understanding and inspiration – Carrie Jenkins, Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia  

Leadership should be defined by consensus not coercion in a time of crisis – Christopher Finlay, Professor of Political Theory at Durham University

What does the corona crisis teach us about the value of work? – Lisa Herzog, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen

Climate and coronavirus: the science is not the same – Eric Schliesser, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Eric Winsberg, Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida

Why does travelling change us? – Emily Thomas, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Durham University

Why human rights are not enough – Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University

Why extremism is a question of psychology, not politics – Quassim Cassam, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick 

How the rhetoric of weaponization is undermining liberal ideals – Robert Simpson, Lecturer in Philosophy at University College London

What Jean-Jacques Rousseau can teach us about Twitter – Boris Litvin, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stetson University

How Christmas decorations reflect our obsession with adornment – Stephen Davis, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland

Is the quest for immortality worse than death? – Adrian Moore, Professor of Philosophy at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford

Why severe inequality is never justified – Philip Goff, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and David Faraci, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Durham University

The myth of the undeserving poor – Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Chair in Public Policy and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford

Are drone strikes ever ethical? – Trish Glazebrook, Professor of Philosophy at Washington State University

Privacy is a collective concern – Carissa Véliz, Research Fellows at the Uehiro Center for Practical Ethics, Oxford

Why conspiracy theories are deeply dangerous – Quassim Cassam, Professor of Philosophy at Warwick University.

Millennials are fine with being vague about gender – Carrie Jenkins, Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

Why our relationship with technology is destroying the planet – Aaron James Wendland, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics.

Are human rights taking over the space once occupied by politics? – John Tasioulas, Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Law at King’s College London.

Marriage is an unequal institution that belongs in the past – Clare Chambers, fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. 

Fifty years on, is there any point in returning to the moon? – Tony Milligan, teaching fellow in ethics and the philosophy of religion at King’s College London.

Where are all the women in ancient philosophy? – Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilians Universität

Should corporate executives be criminally prosecuted for their misdeeds? – Jeff McMahan, White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at Corpus Christ College, Oxford

Can placebo surgery ever be ethical? – David Papineau, Professor of Philosophy of Science at King’s College London

When is someone Just Joking? – Noël Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center 

How to get on with your political enemies – Brian Weatherson, Marshall Weinberg professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan 

Should humans be allowed to colonise outer space? – Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University, and Agata Sagan, research fellow at the University of Warsaw

Climbing trees and raising children with Simone de Beauvoir – Jonathan Webber, professor of philosophy at Cardiff University

Human supremacism: Why are animal rights activists still the orphans of the left? – Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy as Queen’s University

The problem with “post-work” – Jeff Noonan, professor of philosophy at the University of Windsor.

Why British jihadists can’t be charged with treason – Cecile Fabre, senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

Like most secessionist movements, Brexit shows that breaking up is hard – David Miller, professor of political theory at Nuffield College, Oxford.

How meritocracy caused the college admissions scandal – Michael McLendon, professor of political science at California State University.

A philosophy for our age of outrage – Todd May, Class of 1941 Memorial professor of the humanities at Clemson University. 

In liberal democracies, should minorities have a claim to different rights? – Paul Patton, Scientia professor of philosophy at the University of New South Wales.

The digital age could spell a workplace revolution – for better or worse – Liza Herzog, professor of political philosophy and theory at the Technical University of Munich

From golf to Grand Theft Auto, why do we love playing games? – Thomas Hurka, Jackman Distinguished Chair in philosophical studies at the University of Toronto 

Why Brexit distorts the will of the people – Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University professor of human values at Princeton University 

How can we teach objectivity in a post-truth era? – Simon Blackburn, fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge

Taking back control for real: the case for open borders – Roger Crisp, professor of moral philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford

Why we should stop fixating on what Muslim women wear – Alia Al-Saji, associate professor of philosophy at McGill University 

In the post-truth world, we need to remember the philosophy of science – Timothy Williamson, Wykeham professor of logic at New College, Oxford

The backlash against “gender ideology” must stop – Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley

I was no-platformed. Here’s why it’s counterproductive – Jeff McMahon, White’s professor of moral philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Philosophy must be dragged out of the ivory tower and into the marketplace of ideas – Aaron James Wendland, assistant professor of philosophy at the Higher School of Economics

Martha Nussbaum: “There's no tension in supporting #MeToo and defending legal sex work”  – Aaron James Wendland interviews Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago