A LITTLE INTRODUCTION

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I have, as a way of introducing my work, pulled together 99 of the most relevant essays and reviews published on Pandaemonium over the past few years. They cover the broad themes of my writing and hopefully illuminate my approach.  If 99 sounds too many, I have also trimmed that list to create an even more introductory collection of 21 essays that I think best sets out my arguments and ideas. The longer list is chronologically arranged, the shorter collection randomly ordered. I will no doubt rework both lists from time to time, adding new material, discarding old. I hope they prove useful.

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A LIST OF 21…

What is wrong with multiculturalism?, Part 1 and Part 2, 4 & 7 June 2012

Who needs God? 6 February 2012

Populism: What, why, how? 5 November 2014

In defence of diversity, 25 November 2013

Why hate speech should not be banned, 19 April 2012

Without a moral safety net, 12 May 2014

Notes on religious freedom, 17 June 2012

The forgotten roots of the First World War, 15 May 2014

The Enlightenment and the Death of God, 10 June 2014

Test tube truths,  14 April 2011

Abortion, infanticide, humanity, free speech, 7 March 2012

When does criticism of Islam become Islamophobia?, 14 November 2013

The wrong solution to the wrong problem, 1 December 2012

Why both sides are wrong in the race debate, 4 March 2012

A policy without conscience, 9 October 2013

The pleasures of pluralism, the pain of offence, 17 June 2013

The many roots of Christian Europe, 2 March 2014

Radical Islam and the rage against modernity, 28 January 2014

Blank slates and straw dogs, 25 July 2013

To cast the Enlightenment in a radical light, 20 June 2013

Je suis Charlie? It’s a bit late, 8 January 2014

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…AND ONE OF 99

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On Stoicism, free will and fate, 5 April 2011

Against the burqa ban, 11 April 2011

Test tube truths, 14 April 2011

4 Gossip, privacy and censorship, 13 May 2011

How I became gobby and dissing, 26 May 2011

The science of seeing what you want to see, 12 June 2011

Arts for whose sake?, 5 July 2011

Moral poverty and the riots, 12 August 2011

Myths and realities of 9/11, 11 September 2011

10 Five books on morality without God, 23 September 2011

11 Morality and the left, 4 October 2011

12 Stem cell research is moral. It’s the critics who are morally repugnant, 22 October 2011

13 Politics without democracy. Democracy without politics, 11 November 2011

14 Antigone across the ages, 27 December 2011

15 Hegel and Rousseau, freedom and history, 8 January 2012

16 Beyond the sacred, 19 January 2012

17 To name the unnameable, 22 January 2012

18 Who needs God?, 6 February 2012

19 Why both sides are wrong in the race debate, 4 March 2012

20 Abortion, infanticide, humanity, free speech, 7 March 2012

21 Sartre and the anguish of freedom, 25 March 2012

22 Here to stay, here to fight, 28 March 2012

23 From streetfighters to bookburners, 30 March 2012

24 Politics, morality and the Haitian revolution, 11 April 2012

25 CLR James, Frantz Fanon and the meaning of liberation, 16 April 2012

26 Why hate speech should not be banned, 19 April 2012

27 Anders Breivik and the culture of delusion, 23 April 2012

28 ‘Conflicting credos, but the same vision of the world’, 21 May 2012

29 Notes on religious freedom, 17 June 2012

30 What is wrong with multiculturalism? [part 1] and part 2, 4/7 June 2012

31 On the poetry of the Taliban, 21 June 2012

32 MacIntyre, Enlightenment and tradition, 15 August 2012

33 On the second coming of religion, 4 October 2012

34  Reaching for a moral high ground long since crowded, 11 November 2012

35 The wrong solution to the wrong problem, 1 December 2012

36 Ancient race wars and modern race science, 18 December 2012

37 On the Enlightenment’s ‘race problem’, 13 February 2013

38 On the making of the idea of race, 17 February 2013

39 Darkness in anthropology, 4 March 2013

40 The facts, the myths and the framing of immigration, 30 March 2013

41 A debate on ‘Who speaks for me?’, 7 April 2013

42 Dissecting John Gray’s anatomy, 11 April 2013

43 Immigration and loss, 26 April 2013

44 The pleasures of pluralism, the pain of offence, 17 June 2013

45 To cast the Enlightenment in a radical light, 20 June 2013

46 Stories plucked from the worlds in-between, 3 July 2013

47 Blank slates and straw dogs, 25 July 2013

48 The nature of sex, 29 July 2013

49 Tyranny is always tyranny, whoever may be the target, 1 August 2013

50 Syria: Morality and reality, 4 September 2013

51 The war of the cynics, 15 September 2013

52 Beyond the veil, 22 September 2013

53 A policy without conscience, 9 October 2013

54 Migration and morality: A review of Paul Collier’s Exodus, 5 October 2013

55 The not-so-secret history of capitalism, 20 October 2013

56 When does criticism of Islam become Islamophobia?, 14 November 2013

57 Buddhist pogroms and religious conflicts, 21 November 2013

58 In defence of diversity, 25 November 2013

59 Human rights and animal rights, 5 December 2013

60 The haunting grace of Marilynne Robinson, 21 December 2013

61 Dieudonné: The clown of the anti-age, 15 January 2014

62 Facing religion’s dilemma, 22 January 2014,

63 Christianity and liberalism: A review of Larry’s Siendentop’s Inventing the Individual, 25 January 2014,

64 On the importance of the right to offend, 29 January 2014

65 Angels and monsters, myths and monsters, 1 February 2014

66 In the shadow of the fatwa, 14 February 2014

67 The many roots of Christian Europe, 2 March 2014

68 The human heart of sacred art, 5 March 2014

69 The many shades of Ukraine, 12 March 2014

70 Conforming, not transforming, 9 April 2014

71 The unravelling of morality, 29 April 2014

72 Without a moral safety net, 12 May 2014

73 The forgotten roots of the First World War, 15 May 2014

74 Europe’s new faultline, 18 May 2014

75 The Enlightenment and the Death of God, 10 June 2014

76 Who do I think I am?, 20 June 2014

77 A fairytale but, oh, so feeble: A review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance, 28 June 2014

78 The monster that Israel helped create, 17 July 2014

79 Sacred cows and a Trojan Horse, 20 July 2014

80 The Death of God and the Fall of Man, 30 July 2014

81 As if still burning, 6 August 2014

82 Is there something about Islam?, 12 August 2014

83 The many myths of identity, the many ways of being me, 28 August 2014

84 Scottish independence: From what, for what? 5 September 2014

85 From honour to justice, 8 September 2014

86 Mo Tzu, lost in history, 14 September 2014

87 Islam’s lost traditions, 17 September 2014

88 Exhibit B and thinking for oneself, 28 September 2014

89 Hatreds, old and new, 8 October 2014

90 What’s the problem with multiculturalism? 16 October 2014

91 Populism: What, why, how? 5 November 2014

92 The wrong kind of panic, 10 November 2014

93 On The Death of Klinghoffer, 13 November 2014

94 Germany, Britain and the angel of history, 22 November 2014

95 From an unexpected perspective, 30 November 2014

96 Je suis Charlie? It’s a bit late, 8 January 2015

97 Assimilationism vs multiculturalism, 12 January 2015

98 How a bunch of vicious chancers became men of wisdom, 25 January 2015

99 Radical Islam and the rage against modernity, 28 January 2015

 

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