Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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It really is sad that so many feminists get their knickers in a twist about the Sun’s topless beauties.
Jennie Bristow, spiked, 22 November 2012
Like alcohol, can these chemicals not be taken in the right way, at the right dose
Jonathan Hurlow, Independent, 1 November 2012
Thirteen languages. Ten principles. One conversation.
University of Oxford, 2012
The Tory drive to make teachers and carers chase after statistics has hindered rather than helped
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, Independent, 29 October 2012
n A balanced outcome from the inquiry could both strengthen the legal defences for good journalism done in the public interest and create incentives for regulation which does not rely on statutory backing. Both the law and regulation must make more use of an effective public interest test.
George Brock, The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, 2012
While the 2010 Equality Act seems to be discouraging prejudice, it has also come under attack for limiting freedom
Luke Gittos, Independent, 18 October 2012
We still view European history as taking off with the Renaissance and Enlightenment, but this position gets more out-of-date the more we learn
Richard Swan, Independent, 17 October 2012
There's so many prizes today's writers aren't bothered about who wins. The purpose awards serve now is to tell readers what to read.
Miguel Ceia, Independent, 16 October 2012
Instead of an outright ban on activities deemed "undesirable" - like getting off your head on booze - the state is trying to render them socially inacceptable
Jason Smith, Independent, 15 October 2012
The SNP thinks children should be trusted with votes in a referendum, but adults shouldn't be trusted with booze and fags.
Rob Lyons, spiked, 15 October 2012
"The Battle of Ideas was a great success; it enabled large numbers of people to hear and interact with well-known speakers who have thought about and contributed significantly to the discussions of many important issues."
Richard Swinburne, emeritus professor, philosophy of religion, University of Oxford; author, 'The Existence of God and The Evolution of the Soul'