Degrees of Wrongness: Judging combatants’ actions in war

How do people make moral judgments of soldier actions in war? This blog considers the different approaches in social psychology, moral psychology, philosophy and war. Given that the4 context of war is so different to peace, an interdisciplinary approach drawing on behavioural sciences can contribute to policy on moral judgments in war. … More Degrees of Wrongness: Judging combatants’ actions in war

A Win-Win: Nurturing Reciprocity in Markets

Robert Sugden agrees and disagrees with points from Adam Oliver’s book on Reciprocity: He agrees on the importance of reciprocity in society and on resistance to state paternalism. But he disagrees with Oliver’s belief that reciprocity is undermined by markets. Sugden argues that voluntary co-operation to mutual benefit is ‘the best structure for nurturing social feelings of mankind’, whether in relation to private goods or public services. Sugden, therefore, cautions against the imposition of supply-side controls based on “paternalistic” subjective judgments of “true preferences”. … More A Win-Win: Nurturing Reciprocity in Markets

Making the Arab region safer, more prosperous and inclusive – one experiment at a time

“It is more pressing than ever to make the Arab region and the world, safer, more prosperous and inclusive, one experiment at a time”. Dr Fadi Makki draws inspiration from the debate at BX Arabia 2019, Beirut … More Making the Arab region safer, more prosperous and inclusive – one experiment at a time