Featured Book: Elizabeth Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

Featured Book: Elizabeth Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

It’s easy to believe that the reach of modern philosophy extends no further than the stuffy ivory towers of contemporary academia. That would be a mistake. Philosophy literally means “the love of wisdom,” and this love, when pursued earnestly, can change the way we think about right and wrong—and about ourselves.

“What sort of person ought I to be?” The question is a simple one, but for those who take it seriously, merely addressing it can have profound consequences.

Remembering the Russian Revolution of 1917: what is the right approach?

		Remembering the Russian Revolution of 1917: what is the right approach?

Whilst much of Europe reflected on the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution with apparent nostalgia, official commemorations in Russia were notably sparse. The day marking Lenin’s triumph over the Provisional Government has not been a national holiday since 2004 – when Vladimir Putin wiped it from the Russian calendar – yet this month the veracity of the President’s motives came under fire.  What can we learn from applying the Socratic method to the debate surrounding the appropriate Russian response to this year’s centenary?

Good decision-making: critical thinking in action

Good decision-making: critical thinking in action

We have become used to seeing critical thinking described as an essential skill, a core skill, the most important skill, and so on. This is a very good thing, but critical thinking needs not only to be seen as core and essential, but also to be these things. In other words, we must move beyond talking about its value, and try to ensure that it is applied in a thoroughgoing way.

Poll: the most influential books in the world

Poll: the most influential books in the world

In 2012, we asked leading scholars across 14 disciplines to nominate the most important, influential and game-changing books and papers in their fields.

A total of 100 active university faculty participated in the survey, resulting in a list of 250 titles, some of which have been analysed in Macat iLibrary. See the results below.

UCAS is coming: look busy

UCAS is coming: look busy

It happens every year, thousands of young people across the country descend into completely justified panic: its university application season.

For this reason, we thought we would put together some top tips as you approach what is one of the strangest and most important hurdles in your academic career in the hope of helping you pre-empt the bits that could trip you up.

Seeing the wood for the trees: how critical thinking can help us in the fake news era

Seeing the wood for the trees: how critical thinking can help us in the fake news era

It is said all the time: technology has created an age of immediate gratification. Generation Y wants it all and they want it now; whether that is a date, a taxi, or up to the second updates on a political rally on the other side of the world. But what does this continual availability of information mean for the quality of the content? In our haste to cry ‘Now! Now! Now!’ are we forgetting to ask ‘Who? Why? How?’

Critical thinking: a new way to release potential

Critical thinking: a new way to release potential

Tomorrow’s business leaders will face challenges that are defined by two features: complexity and convergence. As we all know and see in our own day-to-day work experiences, the boundaries between functions, business areas, and roles are becoming increasingly blurred. Individuals are taking on an ever-increasing diversity of tasks, because hyperconnectivity, spurred by the technological revolution, is enabling those tasks to become ever more entangled.

Critical thinking and the bottom line: are organisations ready for the ideas economy?

Critical thinking and the bottom line: are organisations ready for the ideas economy?

Critical thinking is about to become one of the most in-demand skillsets in the global job market. As automation and artificial intelligence have a greater and greater impact on the role of the human in the workplace, the need to stand out by developing advanced thinking skills like problem-solving, reasoning and creativity grows ever stronger.

Artificial intelligence and the morality minefield

Artificial intelligence and the morality minefield

Imagine yourself in a car powered by the latest super-smart artificial intelligence (A.I.). Three pedestrians recklessly burst onto the road in front of you. Your self-driving vehicle has no time to slow down – it will either hit the pedestrians or veer off the road, most likely crashing and endangering your life. Who should the car decide to save? The pedestrians? Or should it kill three people to save you, the owner, who did nothing wrong?

Trump tactics: why America is voting for a bully

Trump tactics: why America is voting for a bully

Donald Trump’s bid to become US President is enduring far longer than anyone anticipated. Each time his campaign courts scandal, or his words spark public outrage, Trump emerges from the resulting media circus more popular than before. It doesn’t matter how outrageously he acts: the normal rules of politics do not seem to apply to Donald J. Trump.