New philosophy A-level curriculum – Gove’s debased gold standard
4 March 2014
The draft philosophy A-level drops texts in favour of extracts and replaces a love of knowledge with utilitarian 'transferable skills'.
Who’s to blame for the unravelling of Ukraine?
3 March 2014
Thoughtless Western interference is pushing Ukraine to the brink.
Yewtree: more propaganda than police investigation
19 February 2014
The failure of a few prosecutions won't stop the crusade.
The Great War: its key battle isn’t over yet
17 February 2014
The political crisis that provoked the First World War still haunts the West.
Published September 2013
Authority: A Sociological History
Concern with authority is as old as human history itself. Eve's sin was to challenge the authority of God by disobeying his rule. Frank Furedi explores how authority was contested in ancient Greece and given a powerful meaning in Imperial Rome. Debates about religious and secular authority dominated Europe through the Middle Ages and the Reformation. The modern world attempted to develop new foundations for authority - democratic consent, public opinion, science - yet Furedi shows that this problem has remained unresolved, arguing that today the authority of authority is questioned. This historical sociology of authority seeks to explain how the contemporary problems of mistrust and the loss of legitimacy of many institutions are informed by the previous attempts to solve the problem of authority. It argues that the key pioneers of the social sciences (Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Tonnies and especially Weber) regarded this question as one of the principal challenges facing society.
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Culture War: the narcissism of minor differences
12 February 2014
Ideological battles have been usurped by petty, bitter clashes over lifestyle.
Time for some new answers to the Jewish Question
4 February 2014
Too many Europeans are acquiescing to anti-Semitism instead of fighting it.
Is nothing private anymore?
24 January 2014
In this debate taster, filmed at the Battle of Ideas festival on 19 October 2013, Frank Furedi explains that the destruction of the private sphere leads to the implosion of the public sphere.
Don’t give Jobbik the victim status it craves
23 January 2014
Excluding it from Britain would only play into its conspiratorial narrative.
The Great War: a battle for meaning
8 January 2014
It is historical idiocy to write off this war as 'incomprehensible slaughter'.
This row isn’t really about the First World War
7 January 2014
How right and left have politicised the Great War’s centenary.
The year of intellectually challenged diplomacy
23 December 2013
In 2013, Western foreign policy finally lost the plot.
How authority became a dirty word
20 December 2013
Why there’s little positive about today’s crisis of authority.
Modern slavery: an invented crime
16 December 2013
The myth of modern slavery is built on dodgy stats and political opportunism.
In praise of the university lecture and its place in academic scholarship
10 December 2013
The lecture is not just for students – it helps academics see the strengths and weaknesses of their research.
Slaves in Britain? It’s an urban legend
10 December 2013
Why is no one asking questions about the south London slave story?
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