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The Minefield

In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

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The ethics of “sh*t-stirring”

Dec 2 • 54:07
In a time when so many opinions are clamouring for views in our debauched attention economy, “sh*t-stirring” has become an irresistible strategy to get oneself noticed. But it does so at a cost, not least to the reputational cost of those who practice it — including moral philosophers. So what is the difference between “sh*t-stirring” and something like virtuous provocatio...

Melbourne’s protests — last gasp or harbinger of things to come?

Nov 25 • 54:06

The ethics of political U-turns

Nov 18 • 54:05

Why don’t we talk more about class?

Nov 11 • 54:08

Should we enjoy sports that ruin athletes’ lives?

Nov 4 • 54:05

What are we doing when we “quote”?

Oct 28 • 54:05

How much should we care about climate change?

Oct 21 • 54:05

Persuasion — is it possible, or even desirable?

Oct 14 • 54:07

Has the pandemic shown the unassailability of utilitarianism — or its inherent limitations?

Oct 7 • 54:05

Has democratic politics become too contemptuous of everyday life?

Sep 30 • 54:05

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