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Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes, with Dr. James Mumford
Across the democratic West, politics has become deeply polarized and profoundly personal. Challenge someone’s political views and increasingly you challenge their very being.

And yet, do our political tribes even make sense? Look carefully, and on the most important ethical issues of the age – assisted dying, social welfare, sexual liberation, abortion, gun control, the environment, technology, justice – the instinctive positions of both the Left and the Right are riven with contradictions.

In this refreshing and eye-opening book, James Mumford, a public thinker and independent commentator, questions the basic assumptions of our political groups. His challenge is simple: ‘Why should believing strongly about one topic mean the automatic adoption of so many others?’

Vexed is an essential and provocative account that will appeal to anyone of independent thought, and a welcome call for new reflection on the moral issues most relevant to our modern way of life.

We hope you'll join us as we discuss with James his intriguing and original reflections on political tribalism and the hopeful path to move beyond them.

Jun 5, 2020 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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James Mumford
Author and Journalist
James Mumford is a British author and journalist. His book, "Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes", is forthcoming with Bloomsbury in March 2020 in the U.K., May 2020 in the U.S. Mumford writes on a range of subjects – ethical, political, literary – for a variety of publications both sides of the Atlantic. They include: The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, The Atlantic, The Daily Telegraph, UnHerd, Demos Quarterly, Standpoint, The American Conservative and The Hedgehog Review. From 2013 to 2017 Mumford worked and taught at the University of Virginia, where he remains a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He was an undergraduate at Oxford University, a Henry Fellow at Yale University and received his DPhil (PhD) back at Oxford in 2011.