Here’s me asking my favourite living philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre, a question at a conference last year. The answer, reader, was ‘no’.

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Francis Fukuyama, the philosopher who declared the ‘End of History’ in the 1990s (by which he meant that liberal capitalist democracy had triumphed and there was no longer any reasonable alternative) has published an interesting new essay suggesting democracy and free market capitalism are parting ways, and that we should embrace the former and abandon Read more…

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For me, one of the biggest ‘big ideas’ of our time is the return of Aristotle, and the concomitant move beyond liberalism (what David Goodhart calls ‘post-liberalism’) and towards a more Aristotelian conception of the good life and the good society. I’ve argued that this ‘rise of neo-Aristotelianism‘ began in the 1980s with Alasdair MacIntyre’s Read more…

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My name’s Jules, and I’m not an alcoholic. But I did meet a friend of mine last night who is a recovering alcoholic, and talking to him about Alcoholics Anonymous made me think about this fascinating movement, and the key role its played in the history of self-help and mental health over the last 75 Read more…

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Just for UK dwellers, alas: here is the first episode of a new Radio 4 show called The Philosopher’s Arms, re-creating the philosophy in pubs experience. The first episode is about the happiness machine – if you could plug into a machine that artificially created happy sensations, would you? The guests include David Willetts, the Read more…

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