Monday, October 30, 2006

Carnegie ethics

...is online here. Highly recommended!

An honour few universities achieve

...is happening at Queen's University Belfast. Numerous people associated with QUB from former students and teachers to security guards have written poems about the university. These poems are being put into an anthology. It is a major event, too, including work by the great Seamus Heaney. If only we did that at Newcastle.........

Friday, October 27, 2006

Post 500

Wow. I'm already at my 500th post. I can't believe how well this blog has taken off since I started blogging in June earlier this year. There are so many to thank, not least Stefan Andreasson, Larry Solum, and, most especially, Brian Leiter. As I creep towards 10,000 hits, a few reflections.

I often hear from some colleagues that blogging is a mistake, that it can be a mistake. I suppose that's only true if spreading company secrets and betraying trust, something you'll never find here. I've found blogging wonderfully liberating: we're not alone. I enjoy little more than finding some engaging comments each day to previous posts across so many areas, from shame punishment to deliberative democracy. I recommend blogging to everyone.

Finally, I must most sincerely thank you, the readers. I hope this blog continues to give you something of interest. Always feel free to let me know how it can be improved or more helpful.

UPDATE: In autumn 2010, this blog changed to more narrowly focus on ethics, politics, and public policy. As a result, many of the earlier posts have been deleted.

Now on to 10,000....

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Nobel Peace Prize goes to...

...Muhammad Yunus (an economist) and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh! The full story is here.

Monday, October 02, 2006

"Pogge and His Critics" - November in Newcastle

The conference website is now online. The event will take place on Monday-Tuesday, November 20-21, 2006 at the University of Newcastle. Speakers include Liz Ashford (St Andrews), Thom Brooks (Newcastle), Paula Casal (Reading) tbc, Lisa Fuller (Sheffield), Carol Gould (Temple), Tim Hayward (Edinburgh), John Tasioulas (Oxford), Leif Wenar (Sheffield), and Andrew Williams (Warwick), with individual responses from Thomas Pogge (Columbia).

Please contact me if you have any questions on how you can attend.