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The Golden Rule as Good Business

19 days ago

The First International Conference of Humanist Economics, held in April in Madrid, encouraged businesses to get ‘Back to Basics,’ and apply the golden rule within the corporate environment for the benefit of all.

Corporate Governance, Business Ethics
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Contemplating the Big Questions through Tiny Matter

one month ago

Oxford nanophysicist and theologian Andrew Briggs explains how science and faith work together and alternate taking the lead, to further explore man’s penultimate curiosity.

Culture & Lifestyles, Andrew Briggs
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The Divine in Contemporary Legal Norms

one month ago

Is there a theological defense for obliging laws that protect us from unjust harm? Craig J. Iffland seeks one, delving into theological questions with interdisciplinary scope.

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Back to the Cultural Diversity and IR Drawing Board

one month ago

Current discussion of the relationship between cultural diversity and International Relations is based on flawed perceptions of both. STI experts are rethinking the issue on new terms.

Andrew Phillips, Christian Reus-Smit
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Cohabitation: “Until Life Do Us Part”

3 months ago

Data do not support the claim that “marriage is just a piece of paper.” The paperless alternative – cohabitation - is measurably less stable, both for the adults who choose it and for their children, who don’t have the luxury of choice.

News

Can Real News Be Rescued?

3 months ago

With insidious fake news popping up all over, the late Wolfgang Donsbach’s reflections on the interaction of society and media bear reflection. Below is an excerpt from his chapter in What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Media.

Wolfgang Donsbach
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Apt to Be Overlooked

3 months ago

If domestic tasks and direct care were assigned a monetary value, they would constitute between 10% and 39% of Gross Domestic Product, but it is generally unrecognized and undervalued by policymakers and legislators.

News

TV Families: Stereotypical or Real?

4 months ago

Television series are all the rage – mass phenomena that fuel discussions and study. Their influence on society is on the rise and their portrayal of reality can even influence that very reality.

News

How to Sift Reliable News from the Cacophony

5 months ago

The past, present and future of journalism and its new challenges, objectivity, digital technology, transparency, social media, who’s who... The new book by C.W. Anderson, Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie, "The News Media," addresses all this.

C.W. Anderson, Michael Schudson
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2016 in a Nutshell

5 months ago

With 4 meetings held in 3 locations, 3 books and 2 reports published, several books and projects by collaborators and 4 graduate students embarked on their Master's studies with Social Trends Institute grants, it has indeed been a fruitful year.

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Does Divorce Contribute to Social Inequalities?

6 months ago

Understanding families in order to understand society. This is the motivation behind Marta Castillo González’ Master’s Degree work. She intends to analyze whether divorce provokes social inequalities. Is this real?

Family
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If Only Trump Were as Predictable as Reagan

6 months ago

In a more militarized, unpredictable and unstable world, power becomes regionalized, but I was afraid of that with Reagan, too, and in the end we survived. Under Trump, the US has already lost its status as a reliable ally.

Governance
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"Strong, United Families Will Soon Relegate Youth Gangs to History"

7 months ago

Families should be the essential guarantors of children’s rights, supported but not supplanted by the State. Maria Jose Benítez studies how violence in El Salvador has changed family structure and how public policy can better support family units.

Family
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Can Faith and Modernity Coexist under Muslimism?

7 months ago

There is a new brand of Muslim religious orthodoxy on the rise in places like Turkey, which seeks to engage modernity through the sincere religious belief of individuals. Neslihan Cevik uses the term "Muslimism" to set it apart from other trends.

Neslihan Cevik
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"No one is showing any responsibility in Syria"

8 months ago

The United Nations approved in 2005 the doctrine Responsibility to Protect, with the aim of protecting civilians in the case of conflicts that put their lives at risk. Why isn't it being applied in Syria?

Culture & Lifestyles
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The Ethical Backbone of Social Life

9 months ago

Philosopher Ana Marta González, recently appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, expands in this interview on her latest book: "La articulación ética de la vida social."

Culture & Lifestyles
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What Unique Moral Questions Are Raised by Pregnancy?

9 months ago

In her new book, "The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing," Dr. Helen Watt addresses that question from a philosophical angle. Watt (Focus on the Embryo) expands on her work in this interview for STI.

Bioethics
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The Principle of 'Shared Responsibility' in Family Policies

one year ago

Work-family balance is important not only to individuals, but also to society. The World Family Map 2015 focused on the issue at a personal level. In this paper, IFFD director Ignacio Socias lays out policy recommendations to the United Nations

Family
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World Family Map Report Highlighted at the United Nations

one year ago

Speaking at the fourth annual commemoration of Global Parents’ Day at the UN, STI contributor W. Bradford Wilcox presented conclusions from this and the previous year’s World Family Map reports to an audience of some 200 diplomats and NGO leaders.

Family
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Can We Live the Good Life in the World of Finance and Banking?

one year ago

Samuel Gregg (Research Director at Acton Institute) expands on his latest book 'For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good' for STI. Gregg has participated in three STI Experts Meetings and two resulting publications.

Corporate Governance
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Have Values Fallen Victim to the Culture Wars?

one year ago

Ethicist and professor of law and medicine Margaret Somerville expands on her latest book "Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars" for STI, with whom she collaborated in 'Construction of New Realities in Medicine.'

Culture & Lifestyles
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New Marketing

one year ago

More human, ethical, inspiring, respectful and at the service the common good. This is the new marketing that STI Expert Professor Francisco Pérez Latre (University of Navarra) defends.

Culture & Lifestyles
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The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Economics

one year ago

STI Expert John D. Mueller, Director of the Economics and Ethics Program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), recently gave this lecture in Budapest about his book 'Redeeming Economics'.

Corporate Governance
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The Long Road to Equality

one year ago

We are pleased to share this article by STI Expert Paloma Durán, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2016.

Family
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Time Really Passes, Science Can’t Deny That

one year ago

STI is pleased to share with its community this paper by Professor Nicolas Gisin (Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom?), presented at the Conference "Time in Physics" at the ETH-Zurich (September 2015) and recently published online.

Bioethics
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A Call to Invigorate Society

one year ago

Harold James, Co-Editor of 'The Thriving Society' and member of our Board of Advisers, encourages readers to strive towards a society that is not merely decent but dynamic.

News

Implications of the Gender Gap

one year ago

This is the second IFFD policy paper on unpaid work shared by its Director of International Relations, Ignacio Socias. This paper considers the influence of gender inequality on labor outcome.

Family
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The Value of Care and Domestic Work

one year ago

Ignacio Socias, Director of International Relations at the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) shared with STI two policy papers on the value of unpaid work in the home, the first of which follows. The second will follow next week.

Family
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What Differentiates Humans from Machines?

one year ago

We discussed with STI Expert Prof. Luis Echarte some of the conclusions of his last paper, which analyzes freedom, the mind-brain problem and the differences between human beings and machines.

Bioethics
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On Biomedicine and its Limits

one year ago

Joseph E. Davis (Construction of New Realities in Medicine) discusses some of the conclusions from our latest publication "To Fix or To Heal," of which he is co-editor.

Bioethics
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What Are the Requisites for a Thriving Society?

one year ago

'The Thriving Society: On the Social Conditions of Human Flourishing' is a newly published collection of essays aimed at demystifying the key economic, social, and moral foundations of successful societies.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Can News Organizations Learn from the Digital Innovators?

one year ago

Lucy Küng, Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo, shares the keys to digital news’ success in a recently published book.

Culture & Lifestyles
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The Insidious Impact of Assisted Suicide

one year ago

Physician assisted suicide has been the subject of an historic vote in the United Kingdom. Professor David Albert Jones, director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford describes the significance of the vote and their contribution to the debate.

Bioethics
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Debunking the Science vs. Religion Myth

one year ago

"Science and Religion: Strangers, Rivals, or Partners in the Search for Truth?" was the topic of a University of Notre Dame seminar this summer lectured by Providence College STI expert Rev. Nicanor Austriaco.

Bioethics
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Digital Strategies an Important Weapon in the Election Arsenal

one year ago

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Journalism Professor Daniel Kreiss (Crisis of Journalism) investigates a new breed of election worker – knowledgeable in digital strategies. His new study considers how campaigns are affected.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Exploring a Cultural Tendency to Rationalize Barbarism

one year ago

Texas A&M sociologist Stjepan Mestrovic has coined the term “The Postemotional Bully” in his new book of the same title. He considers current examples of how abusive and barbaric behavior is rationalized and tolerated by society.

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Paternalism in Humanitarian Efforts: Despicable, Justifiable or Both?

2 years ago

George Washington University professor of International Affairs & Political Science Michael Barnett (Understanding Modern Humanitarianism) gave this talk on “Paternalism Beyond Borders” at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) last April 7th, 2015.

Culture & Lifestyles
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'The End of the University', by Roger Scruton

2 years ago

British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton considers the social and moral purpose of the university in this article for 'First Things'. Scruton has participated in four Experts Meetings organized by STI.

Miscellaneous
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A look at "Being Human in a Consumer Society"

2 years ago

Editor Alejandro Néstor García Martínez shares his thoughts on the book 'Being Human in a Consumer Society' (Ashgate 2015), result of the 2011 STI Experts Meeting of the same name.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Is Citizenship in Jeopardy? The Concept Must Evolve

2 years ago

David Thunder seeks to rehabilitate the ethical standpoint in political philosophy in his book 'Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life' (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He discusses the work with STI.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Carlos Cavallé: “Business Management Is About People"

2 years ago

STI Chairman, Carlos Cavallé, reflects on the timeless foundations of business, business management and business management education. From his introduction to 'Rethinking Business Management'…

Corporate Governance
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Antonio Argandoña: "How Virtuous Must a Good Manager Be?"

2 years ago

Antonio Argandoña (Rethinking Business Management), who has been honored with the Ramón Mullerat prize for his career achievements in the dissemination of Corporate Social Responsibility, shares his thoughts on “Virtues in Management.”

Corporate Governance
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Rasmus Kleis Nielsen: "U.S. tech gets more political worldwide"

2 years ago

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered) participates with this article on Nieman​Lab's Predictions for Journalism 2015. He is director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Next STI Experts Meeting to Explore Modern Humanitarianism

2 years ago

Understanding Modern Humanitarianism: Conditions, Consequences and Critical Concerns will be held in Barcelona from January 8-10, 2015 under STI’s Culture and Lifestyles Branch, with the academic leadership of Kent sociologist Iain Wilkinson.

Culture & Lifestyles
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​Ignatieff Addresses the Challenge of a New Global Ethic

2 years ago

“Reimagining a Global Ethic” by Michael Ignatieff, was recently published in the journal Ethics and International Affairs. Ignatieff opened STI’s “Globalization and the Common Good” meeting with the similarly themed lecture “Imagining a Global Ethic"

Culture & Lifestyles
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Pornography: A Harmful Product for Society’s Moral Ecology

2 years ago

This article summarizes and analyzes the social harms of pornography as considered in "Los costes sociales de la pornografía" (Ed. Rialp). The review was written by Fernando Rodríguez-Borlado and published by Aceprensa on June 11, 2014 in Spanish.

News

Carlos Cavallé: "My First Chair at IESE Was a Stool"

2 years ago

STI founder Carlos Cavallé shared this interview with IESE's magazine Seven Days, in its July 21, 2014 edition. Professor Cavallé was dean of IESE Business School for 17 years. He has been professor emeritus at IESE since 2003.

Governance
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Alexander: "The Big Newspapers Are Earning Money Again"

3 years ago

Interview on occasion of an STI experts meeting that took place in Barcelona last May 3 to 6. Yale media sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander reflects on journalism today. This is an English translation of an interview in La Vanguardia.

Culture & Lifestyles
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The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered: Cultural Power

3 years ago

This project brings a dramatically different perspective to bear on the contemporary "crisis of journalism". It draws attention to the role played by the cultural commitments of journalism itself.

Culture & Lifestyles
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How is Double Effect Applied?

3 years ago

San Francisco Philosophy Professor Thomas Anthony Cavanaugh explains the practical applications of Double Effect, citing some of the theory’s implications for political, legal and ethical questions.

News

Professionalization of Care: New Challenges

3 years ago

The main insights of the STI experts meeting on Care Professions are to be published by Palgrave in May. Editors Ana Marta González and Craig Iffland advance the arguments.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Tenth Anniversary Meeting

3 years ago

The Executive Committee held a 10th Anniversary meeting in New York on October 24 to assess The Social Trends Institute's first decade as a research foundation, and to plan for the next several years.

Miscellaneous
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"Is This Cell a Human Being?"

3 years ago

The Linacre Quarterly has published Dr. David Albert Jones’ review of the book "Is This Cell a Human Being? Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids"

Bioethics
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Reframing Risk Graduate Seminar

4 years ago

The Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Navarra hosted an international graduate seminar titled "Late Modernity and Emotions: Reframing Risk? on march 1-2, 2013 in Pamplona.

Culture & Lifestyles
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Why Love Hurts - Por qué duele el amor

4 years ago

Spanish-speakers can read a very complete review of Eva Illouz's book Why Love Hurts. STI board member and academic leader Ana Marta González wrote the summary for Aceprensa.

Family
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STI on Facebook

5 years ago

The Social Trends Institute has created a page on Facebook. View photo albums from our meetings, keep up with what STI and our collaborators are working on, and share your news. "Like" STI at www.facebook.com/socialtrendsinstitute.

Culture & Lifestyles, Family, Bioethics, Corporate Governance
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STI Contributes to the Free Will Debate

5 years ago

Harvard Philosopher and Astrophysicist Bob Doyle has published the book Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy, crediting STI's "Is Science Compatible with our Desire for Freedom?" Experts Meeting for spurring on much of his work.

News

Focus on Fashion

6 years ago

Leading scholars of fashion theory explored the importance of emotion to understanding modern fashion at the STI-sponsored Fashion and Emotions Graduate Seminar on May 19-20.

News

STI on YouTube

6 years ago

STI's Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom? experts meeting is now available to watch on YouTube.

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