Unlike both utilitarianism and rights-based theories, virtue theory assumes human beings and the planet Earth have intrinsic purpose, from which moral commandments flow.

A defining feature of the evolution of western ethics has been the displacement of the language of virtue for that of utility and rights. While virtue(...)

A stairs inside the Central European University  building in Budapest: the university has been forced to move to Vienna. Photograph: Attila Kisbenede

The head of Hungary’s Central European University has called it a “dark day for Europe” as the renowned liberal college announced that it was being fo(...)

People attend a rally for the Soros-founded Central European University, in front of Hungary’s parliament building in Budapest on November 24th, 2018. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

About 2,000 people have rallied in support of Budapest’s Central European University (CEU), a renowned liberal institution funded by philanthropist Ge(...)

Students and faculty of the Central European University in Budapest listen to the school’s rector, Michael Ignatieff, address a town hall meeting after the government tabled a new Bill that could force the school out of Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

The acclaimed Central European University has said it will have to leave Hungary if populist prime minister Viktor Orban pushes through reforms that (...)

Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses Sufi supporters during a campaign rally of the ruling National Congress Party ahead of a presidential election next month. He has been wanted since 2009 on charges of genocide in Darfur. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

The relationship between the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to deteriorate, with the latest tens(...)

‘As a 40-year-old, two-term Fine Gael TD, who lost the whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Terence Flanagan is no ingénu.’ Above with Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Never mind the politics, hear the sniggers. There were plenty of them. But for anyone with a grain of humanity, the sound of a mind-blank occurring(...)

Machiavelli: was strongly anti-Christian and advocated murder as an instrument of policy.

At an event in Boston earlier this year, the renowned scholar Edward Muir identified the correspondence of Niccolò Machiavelli’s on December 10th, 151(...)