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Testament style’. The chosen people knew that their God has some human attributes. After all, isn’t he an old white guy with a long beard who is frequently angry at the disobedience of the people he favours? But they know him less by his personality than by powerful mysterious signs like pillars of fire, burning bushes and dreadful plagues. My point was that many non-scientists respect and appreciate science, but for the most part they know science only in terms of superficial symbols that can be just as mysterious, and 254 Science and the politics of openness that

in Science and the politics of openness

. Said’s is the most ambitious and methodologically eclectic of the three works, concerned as it is with the novel’s dynamics of spatial movement, its ideological systems of morality and aesthetics, its characters’ trajectories and its materialist contextualisation through contemporary Caribbean political and economic processes. At the same time Said pursues an argument about the function of Austen’s novel in enabling subsequent material practices of imperialism. This ambitiousness contributes an admirably broad cultural understanding of imperialism. It also creates

in Postcolonial contraventions
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Religious influences on the depictions of science in mainstream movies

[1897]), the fearless vampire hunters must turn to ancient religious rites to defeat a monster that has descended upon an unsuspecting and technologically advanced London on the cusp of a new century. A distrust of scientists, who have turned away from morality and religion to dabble disastrously in questions of creation, runs through classic science fiction stories of biological horror and hybridity, like H. G. Wells’s The Island of Dr Moreau (1996 [1896]) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2000 [1886]), respectively. Playing God

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of the French republic. In the early years, however, there was a debate between what we would now call ‘political’ and ‘comprehensive’ liberals. The former hoped that laïcité, if construed strictly as a principle of political morality, could be endorsed even by non-liberals – such as traditional Catholics. The challenge was then to define a non-religious moral alternative to religion, which would nonetheless be acceptable to religions. In the words of the sociologist Emile Durkheim, laïque morality should ‘seek to capture the truth inherent in every religious or

in The culture of toleration in diverse societies

theorists. Political theorist Joan Tronto's book Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care set the stage for the development of a rich literature on the politics of care. In that book, Tronto ( 1993 : 3) explicitly rejects the idea of care as a ‘women's morality’, but affirms that it is an approach to ethics that ‘includes the values traditionally associated with

in Recognition and Global Politics

idea of Whig mythology that George III had ambitions of autocratic monarchy is complete nonsense. The myth that his mother Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales, Chap 1 19/8/02 11:41 am Page 3 The parameters of politics 3 urged her son, ‘George, be a King’, with the implication that she meant a monarch in the German tradition, has long been exploded. Historian Sir Lewis Namier joked that she was referring to his table manners. His mother’s successful endeavour was to instil in her eldest son, though not his brothers, the virtues of religion and morality.6 George

in George III
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Pleasantville and the textuality of media memory

general crisis of morality and values – Pleasantville is focused on the culture war as a political and rhetorical moment . The film is less concerned with controlling the popular memory of America’s recent past than with addressing conservative ‘culture war’ mythologies themselves. Specifically, Pleasantville puts forward a vision of community – tolerant, enlightened, coloured – carried out

in Memory and popular film

Environmentalism and ecologism constitute one of the most recent ideological movements. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, it is more useful to regard ecologism as a philosophy that believes in a thorough-going root and branch transformation of society, whereas environmentalism believes that dangers to the environment can be tackled within the existing political

in Understanding political ideas and movements
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Pacifism and feminism in Victorian Britain

that made pacifist ideas fundamentally useful for feminism. Because both theories could be based upon arguments about the (mis)use of power and the importance of morality, and both could accommodate a wide range of political perspectives, many feminists during the early phase of the movement were attracted to pacifist rhetoric and principles. As a prominent, but hitherto neglected, aspect of the Victorian women’s movement, it is important to understand why many feminists employed peace arguments, often relying upon the construction of femininity as passive and even

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
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A European fin de siècle

has turned out to be much more confusing. To put it simply, interests of power have contaminated what looked like an attempt to execute normative Idealpolitik . In The Twenty Years’ Crisis , E.H. Carr criticised the hypocrisy of the application of morality to the anarchy of international relations, and argued that it led to disaster by ignoring the real relations of power. 1 NATO’s operation in Kosovo

in Mapping European security after Kosovo