Being right, knowing better

3681 The Politics of war reporting.qxd:Layout 1 28/9/11 11:14 Page 94 5 Journalistic ethics and moral authority: being right, knowing better As a sociologist, I know that morality only works if it is supported by structures and a mechanism that give people an interest in morality. (Bourdieu, 1998b: 56) Is it futile to discuss journalistic ethics? Relativism versus strategism Previous chapters have set out the case for interpreting journalistic principles primarily as strategic. While this could reasonably be understood to indicate that the particular

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3 Making meaning from moral reading Popular reading in English c. 1400–1600 1 Making meaning from moral reading This chapter is concerned with moral reading and focuses on a collection of short moral stories known as the Gesta Romanorum (Tales of the Romans), which were being copied, printed and circulated during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The stories have a distinctive style and follow a particular pattern. They are all set in the time of a particular named Roman emperor, each story being identified as the story of that emperor. This locates them

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The Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda

TBA_A02.qxd 08/02/2007 11:18 AM Page 1 Introduction: the Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda Despite the passions of those who admire him, few US presidents seem to have attracted so much critical comment as George W. Bush. The opprobrium has been particularly pronounced outside the US. In Britain, the Daily Mirror asked in a headline published the day after Bush’s November 2004 re-election victory: ‘How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?’ The president’s ratings are significantly better in the US, but his period of office has still provoked intense

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… is the structure of a shared moral universe … that makes possible a collective (though rarely coordinated) action born of moral outrage. 2 The planters had a monopoly on local employment, controlled access to poor relief and pensions (until the Richardson reforms), owned most of the land on which their labourers rested their houses

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resemble contending armies tied down in unending trench warfare in which small strips of ‘no man’s land’ are taken, lost and then retaken. The abortion battles and the process of polarisation between prolifers and the pro-choice movement can, in part, be attributed to the character of the moral beliefs that surround the issue. Abortion leads, as Lawrence Tribe put it in the title of his book, to a ‘clash of absolutes’. If the issue is framed in terms of ‘rights’, those committed to the contending sides are compelled by the dictates of logic to concede little or no moral

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Bush’s youth rest upon stories of drink, allegations of drug abuse, the frequent use of coarse language, a seemingly sporadic commitment to service in the Texas Air National Guard, and failed business efforts. He was however always a churchgoer. After being TBA_C02.qxd 08/02/2007 11:19 AM Page 48 48 The Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda raised in his parents’ Episcopal tradition, he joined a Presbyterian congregation, and then when he and Laura Bush were married in 1977 he became a member of the United Methodist Church. Nonetheless, there were

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Sex education, abstinence and contraception

, federal government agencies and most of the states pursued a ‘comprehensive’ or more commonly what TBA_C04.qxd 08/02/2007 11:20 AM Page 104 104 The Bush administration, sex and the moral agenda came to be often dubbed an ‘abstinence-plus’ approach. Only a minority of sex education programmes offered instruction about contraception or abortion without considering the personal dilemmas with which they are often associated. Instead, to a greater or lesser extent, programmes provided information and guidance about contraception and sexual health but also urged young

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134 v 5 v Moral borderlands: Criminality during the occupation Examining misconduct has already required a blurring of the lines between illegal and legal definitions of behaviours in occupied France. This chapter leans towards the legal by considering general criminality, another neglected area in works on the occupation. Studying criminality poses well-​known challenges. Police reports and statistics evidently only demonstrate reported crimes, simply offering a glimpse into actual criminality  –​albeit a useful, suggestive one. Thus, the reality of

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forget that, on the one hand, appearances may be deceiving, and, on the other, a certain eagerness on your part may be misinterpreted.) Perhaps even more importantly than the specifics of her advice, the article is based on Raymond’s personal experience, thus indicating that taking public transport was an entirely proper and common thing to do for a woman of good moral standing. If this paragon of bourgeois propriety and feminine virtue could ride an omnibus alone, then any respectable woman could too, without risking her reputation. And yet Aunt Cœur

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6 Moral epistemology and the survival lottery Torbjörn Tännsjö Introduction It has become commonplace in epistemology to distinguish between ‘foundationalism’ and ‘coherentism’. According to foundationalism, a person, S, at a time t, is justified in the belief that p, if, and only if, p is itself self-evident for S at t, or, it is self-evident to S at t that p is derivable from propositions that are self-evident for S at t. All the propositions that are self-evident for a person at a time constitute an epistemic foundation for this person at this time. And all

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