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Power, Love and Listening: an Observation of Shakespeare’s Drama

Power, Love and Listening: an Observation of Shakespeare’s Drama

The urge to gain or hold onto power over other people is a prominent motive for the characters in Shakespeare’s plays, as it is in many – if not most [...]
Does Donald Trump Read Shakespeare?

Does Donald Trump Read Shakespeare?

Donald Trump did not invent abuse of power. Four hundred years ago, the greatest of all writers recognized that the ways power is applied in human rel [...]
The Value of Studying Philosophy

The Value of Studying Philosophy

The development office of my alma mater contacted me early last March about leaving the university some money in my will. My undergraduate adventure w [...]
Some Observations on Machiavelli’s The Prince

Some Observations on Machiavelli’s The Prince

We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdo [...]
How to Find Abuses of Power

How to Find Abuses of Power

When we think about abuse of power, most of us, including me, find ourselves in the position of the Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Cou [...]
THE ROBERT LATIMER CASE: TEN COMMON MISREPRESENTATIONS

THE ROBERT LATIMER CASE: TEN COMMON MISREPRESENTATIONS

Vocal minorities have at times served a useful social purpose in bringing injustices to public attention, as in the Black Lives Matter movement. At ot [...]
In the News… The Second Coming

In the News… The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loos [...]
EDITORIAL: A Fragile Tapestry

EDITORIAL: A Fragile Tapestry

Constitutions represent the aspirations of a nation, delineating the basic legal principles that ought to guide it. But what happens when a political [...]
The Cubist Othello

The Cubist Othello

A noted film critic writes about one of Shakespeare’s best known abusers of power. The play, Yacowar argues, is based upon the collision of multiple p [...]
Power makes the world go round

Power makes the world go round

“O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure [...]
Do Dogs Have Souls?

Do Dogs Have Souls?

Originally printed in HP #150: Mike Matthews takes a light-hearted look at an issue that seems to vex some non-humanists. The subject is raised again [...]
The Somalia Affair

The Somalia Affair

An inside look at a dark episode in the history of the Canadian military, and the Canadian government. Power was abused actively by our troops in Soma [...]
Believing Women

Believing Women

We want to believe women who make claims about being abused by more powerful men, but the notion of always doing so is philosophically problematic. [...]
Metal

Metal

A power struggle of sorts, between a mother and daughter, plays out in this short story. [...]
Consequences of Abuse of Power, Limitations on the Usefulness of Law and the Politics of Humiliation

Consequences of Abuse of Power, Limitations on the Usefulness of Law and the Politics of Humiliation

Keeping writes about the limitations on the usefulness of law and the politics of humiliation. [...]
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