'Post-Truth' has been declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, and lavishly applied to the world of politics in the forms of 'post-truth politics' and 'post-truth politicians'. The dictionary defines the adjective as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal … Continue reading ‘Post-Truth Politics’ and Emotion
I have found the outcry over FIFA banning the poppy due to their ban on all political (as well as religious and commercial) messages, strange to listen to. I thought, 'wow, what a privilege'. To have a highly emotional deeply held moral belief be defended as a sort of fundamental human kindness, deeper than politics, deeper … Continue reading The Poppy is Political, because Morality is.
We can write about the elements which have come together to get Trump elected 45th President of the US for years - and we will. I suspect a lot of them will be political, sociological and psychological. So here are a few philosophical ones I see, and which irritate me. It's all subjective. I don't … Continue reading Philosophical soundbites which I think are helping horrible ideology win.
I don't like to say that mental illness is like physical illness, or disease. When I think of ill people, I see patients in hospitals lying in beds, wired up, the truth of their bodily condition beeping out of machines, externalised and publicised for any trained ear. Doctors do not particularly need to know them to … Continue reading Choice and Identity in Mental Illness.