Turkey’s Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara to revise the Islamic texts known as hadith. The hadith, which are thousands in number, are considered to be the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and second in importance to the Qur’an, especially as a source for Islamic law (sharia). As such, any revision is bound to be controversial. Having said that, Islam historically has developed a ‘science of hadith’ in an attempt to determine which are genuine, although it is considered by many scholars that a number of dubious hadith have slipped through the net. Many women scholars, especially, consider a number of hadith that could be used to suppress women were invented and are not, in fact, the original words uttered by Muhammad.
Well – fresh back from another enjoyable school visit. Today I was just south of Coventry to talk about the Problem of Evil and Ethics (esp Utilitarianism). The group there had lots to say – and it was good to see so many people engaging with Philosophy and Religious ideas.
Many of the links at http://r-p-e.blogspot.com/2008/02/malmesbury-school-visit.html will be useful – as I provide some links there re the Omelas short story – and to a list of ethical dilemmas.
I am also interested in the notion that ethics has some, but rather hard to define (and in some cases spot) impact on those that study it. This topics is one we have discussed at http://r-p-e.blogspot.com/2007/02/ethical-decisions-and-study-of.html – though new comments are welcome.
Oh – and if you can’t get enough on the Problem of Evil -see the links at http://www.rsweb.org.uk/phil/evil.html
Hope the class there enjoyed the material as much as I enjoyed the visit.
In recent discussions with some Philosophy and other university teachers – someone mentioned the use of the Second Life – the virtual world – as a possible teaching tool / environment. I know some Universities use Second Life to hold tutorials – and have virtual campuses there.
I was not convinced that these meetings had many advantages over more spartan on-line discussion forums – and worried students (and staff) might get distracted by working so hard on their Avatars that they forgot why they were there.. But, as often, maybe I am wrong.
I did find a blog about Philosophy in Second Life at http://secondlifephilosophy.com/ and this links to a philosophy meeting place, and other resources.
I also began to ponder whether we could use Second Life for modelling and playing out ethical scenarios…
You may also be interested in the debate at http://www.secondlifeherald.com/slh/2007/07/philosophy-of-s.html
Is this a wise idea to move in- or a dubious and time-consuming distraction?
Now available, on Open2. net, the first of fourteen podcasts on applied ethics, presented by Nigel Warburton. Including interviews with high profile contemporary ethicists, including Peter Singer, Michael Sandel, Thomas Scanlon, Mary Warnock, and Roger Scruton
This is available FREE on the web. There are also other resources available.