Humanist Perspectives: issue 209, Summer 2019

Issue 209, Summer 2019

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Inside Front Cover

In the News – A Rush to Sainthood by Gary Bauslaugh
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Beatification of Jody Wilson-Raybould might be a little premature


Editorial

Conscience, Justice and the Law by Gary Bauslaugh
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The interplay of conscience, justice and the law is complicated, but we should not ignore the inner voice that tells us what is right and what is wrong.


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Features

Intrinsic Goodness by Antara Halder
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Is the assumption of modern economic theory, that people are inherently, and primarily, selfish, correct? Or is conscience a more powerful motivator of human behaviour?


Conscience and the Law by James Alcock
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What do we do when our moral principles are in conflict with the law? Should you “let your conscience be your guide?”


The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn by Gwyneth Evans
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Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains one of the most famous literary explorations of the conflict between morality and the law


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MAID ReMade by Alister Browne
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Canada’s new law on Medical Assistance in Dying is logically flawed, but correcting the error is politically difficult.


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A Troubling Case by Trudy Govier
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What should we do with reformed child soldiers? The case of Dominic Ongwen.


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Wild Justice by Ian Johnston
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Johnston explores the theme of revenge in ancient and in modern storytelling, and how the idea affects the administration of justice.


Civil Disobedience by Janet Keeping
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What is civil disobedience and how does it relate to the idea of the rule of law?


Cannabis Amnesty by Kathy Kenzora
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Should those people arrested for possession of marijuana, before it was decriminalized, now retain a criminal record?


Shame, Guilt and Conscience by Carol Matthews
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We should pay more attention to the goodness around us.


In addition, Humanist Perspectives offers a lively Letters-to-the-Editor section as well as Book Reviews, books available for review and snippets of international news of interest to humanists.

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