Category Archives: political philosophy

OPCW: A Site of Struggle for Impartiality, Independence and International Legitimacy in War Crimes Investigations

The use of chemical weapons is a war crime. The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) – signed by almost every nation[1] – aims to expunge their use from the face of our planet. Charged with implementing the Convention is the Organisation … Continue reading

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Global Justice and Finance: an introduction to critical questions

This post introduces some central arguments of my book Global Justice and Finance.

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Trees don’t grow on money – or why you don’t get to rebel against extinction

Money doesn’t grow on trees, and although people can make money out of trees, they cannot make trees out of money. This much may seem platitudinous, but it is worth keeping in mind. What is true of trees is true … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, environment, environmental ethics, media, political philosophy, responsible investment, Uncategorized | 39 Comments

Conspiracy Theories and Epistemic Fluency: understanding the challenge

Conspiracy Theories have become an object of considerable academic research lately. Yet they present a particular conundrum for scholars. At present, there is a significant rift within the field of studies relating to conspiracy theories. Much of the most prominent … Continue reading

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Where do the interests of democracy lie? Working Group responds to UK minister’s attack on critics of the “Integrity Initiative”

The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media has published a response to the recent attack on the group by Sir Alan Duncan. This page is open for comments on that response. (A copy of the response follows.) Response to … Continue reading

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Syria’s Moderate Opposition: beyond the doublethink

Moderate political opposition does not involve or support taking up arms against the government, let alone against unarmed fellow citizens. This proposition would be treated as self-evident in our own country, so why are people seemingly ready to discard it … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Conspiracy Theory?

‘Conspiracy theory’ is frequently used as a derogatory term, a term of disdain and implicit criticism. An effect of this is to discourage certain kinds of legitimate critical inquiry. But surely, in a world where conspiracies happen, we need good … Continue reading

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