I’m writing this from a cafe in Antwerp, at the end of my first mini book tour abroad, having spent the last week doing talks and interviews in Amsterdam and Antwerp. My Dutch publisher, Regine, has been putting a lot into the promotion here – there’s even going to be a poster campaign around the Read more…

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Yesterday, as you probably know, a girl punk band called Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for singing a protest song in Moscow’s cathedral. Later that day, another Moscow beauty staged her own protest. Putin has, literally, lost his cool, and Russians have apparently lost their fear. The words and video are Read more…

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The media and the Labour party have made a lot of noise in the last few days about David Cameron’s ‘anger problem’, after he called Shadow chancellor Ed Balls a ‘muttering idiot’ in Prime Minister’s Questions. Balls is extremely good at getting under Cameron’s skin, and this time he was telling the PM to ‘have Read more…

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Yesterday I described what I think is the new consensus in philosophy, psychology and public policy: Neo-Aristotelianism. This ideology / view-of-the-world argues: We can know ourselves and change ourselves using our reason We can create new habits of thinking, feeling and acting We can build more flourishing lives The search for flourishing is social, communal Read more…

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Two news stories caught my eye this weekend. Firstly, the British government wants to launch a voucher scheme so every parent can take parenting classes from a range of providers. One of them is called the Parenting Gym, and is owned by Octavius Black, the millionaire school-chum of David Cameron’s, who made his fortune through Read more…

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