What makes a good society? How should it be governed and who should be allowed to live in it? These are old questions but they don’t go away. Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Aquinas and Niccolo Machiavelli, to name but a few, have all asked them and come up with wildly differing answers.
But they do have one thing in common and that is a book by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. It is called Politics – a two and a half thousand year old collection of notes that have cast a very long shadow in political philosophy. In the Politics Aristotle tried to establish why human beings live together and how best they should do it.
The Financial Panic
How Psychology Affects Our Credit Card Payments
Nassim Taleb Says Portfolio Theory is `Hogwash'
Frydman Says Rating System Should Be Regulated
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Dean Baker Likes Sheila Bair as Next Treasury Secretary
Levitt Sees Possibility of Volcker, Geithner as Treasury Head
Nomura's Newton Sees Geithner, Summers in Obama Administration
Encima's Malpass Says Tax Changes Possible Under Obama
Metals, money and madness
NATO: a history
Future mind: are computers radically changing the way we think?
The secret life of bacteria - small, smart and thoughtful!
Dementia and antipsychotics: medication or management?
Karl Popper and the logic of the market
Why Asian philosophy?
Bailouts, capitalism and the financial markets
John Milton: Puritan, Polymath and Poet
In his Berlin address last July, Barack Obama talked about partnership and hope. He was enthusiastically received. As the US Presidential election arrives, how much do these themes define Obama's beliefs? Wendy Barnaby explores some of Obama's ideas and takes the conversation further to other examples where hope and partnership might be crucial in the lives of communities and individuals.
Robert Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books
Inside the minds of murderers and sex offenders
New York Schools Chancellor: Joel Klein
War in the Indian Ocean
Health care in the next U.S. administration
The skin and our immune system
Arithmetic for adults
Science and technology in 1859
Richard Epstein on Happiness, Inequality, and Envy