The Big Questions

An informal group designed for the leisurely discussion of big questions from any academic field

The website www.thebigqs.co.uk has recently been founded to allow academic debate on any of the big questions in the world from 'Does God exist?' to the nature of happiness and questions about current affairs.

Either read and upload articles through the main site: www.thebigqs.co.uk or go to 'Debate It' and have a quick discussion.

SOUNDINGS: An Interdisciplinary Journal -- CFP: The Arts of Democracy

Jun 1 2009

It is often assumed that the arts, and particularly the fine arts, create and sustain the kinds of social distinctions that are antithetical to true democracy. This is the claim advanced by Pierre Bordiue's influential Distinction where he argues that what appear to be innocent differences in aesthetic tastes are, in fact, the markers of class identity that enforce social hierarchy. However, there is a countervaling tradition, represented most famously by John Dewey, that insists that the arts are necessary to the health and longevity of democratic culture, and many contemporary artists and theorists are devoted to developing an aesthetic that participates in the development of democratic ideals.

Religion and Politics in Islam: Challenge to Christian-Muslim Relations

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  1996
Journal Title  Word & World
Volume  XVI
Issue  2
Pages  151-7
Start Page  151
URL  http://www.luthersem.edu/word%26world/Archives/16-2_Islam/16-2_Amjad-Ali.pdf

Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  2007
Authors  Sarah Irving
Series Title  Empires in Perspective
City  London
Publisher  Pickering and Chatto
Key Words  empire; science; political theory; history of ideas

Control and Becoming: Gilles Deleuze in conversation with Antonio Negri

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  1990
Authors  Gilles Deleuze; Antonio Negri
Journal Title  Futur Anterieur
Volume  Spring 199
Issue  1
URL  http://www.generation-online.org/p/fpdeleuze3.htm
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