Assessing the NMC's Defense of its Independent Midwifery Ban

After receiving much criticism for its effective ban on independent midwifery, the NMC released a document [pdf] that seeks to explain and justify their position (see especially the fourth and final
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After receiving much criticism for its effective ban on independent midwifery, the NMC released a document [pdf] that seeks to explain and justify their position (see especially the fourth and final page).Their central conclusion is that they are simply following orders, and it isn't their responsibility to do anything to mitigate the harms they're thereby causing:So what we are seeing now is an entirely foreseeable consequence of Government policy (of successive governments since 2009) and the EU Directive which introduced this mandatory requirement in the interests of public protection. As Finlay Scott advised in 2010 and remains the case today, if the UK or any of the devolved administrations consider it is necessary to enable the continued availability of the services provided by entirely independent midwives, acting outside the alternative governance structures which are available to them, then they must seek to facilitate a solution, as the solution does not lie with the. . .

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Assistant Professor in Philosophy with a (future) specialization in ethics or political philosophy of technology and its role in society

Job List:  Europe Name of institution:  University of Twente
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3 available positions in Bristol -philosophy of science, ethics, history

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In 1961, a Vienesse bibliophile purchased a mysterious text for $24,500. <strong>The Voynich Manuscript</strong> remains an enigma. It isn't a modern forgery, but it may be a medieval hoax

In 1961, a Vienesse bibliophile purchased a mysterious text for $24,500. The Voynich Manuscript remains an enigma. It isn&#39;t a modern forgery, but it may be a medieval
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In 1961, a Vienesse bibliophile purchased a mysterious text for $24,500. The Voynich Manuscript remains an enigma. It isn't a modern forgery, but it may be a medieval hoax

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The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology

2017.04.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Turner, The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology, Oxford University Press, 2016, 362pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.04.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Turner, The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology, Oxford University Press, 2016, 362pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682812. Reviewed by Paul Hovda, Reed College Facts are somehow prior to objects (and properties and relations). This idea, call it factalism, is one of the many intriguing but underdeveloped ideas in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Jason Turner's book is a careful, detailed, and extensive development of this idea. Turner's factalism is much more developed than Wittgenstein's, but is it any more appealing? Remarkably, Turner himself does not accept any version of factalism, as he confesses in his brief Conclusion. He reminds us that "there is more of interest than just the truth," (p. 332) and suggests that the project was worthwhile for a number of reasons, including that we learn something deep about the "nature of ontological structure" from the proposed reduction of objects (and. . .

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"Universities are now terrible places to find political heterogeneity," writes Jennifer Senior. "<strong>Campus discourse</strong> has become the equivalent of the supermarket banana. Only one genetic variety remains"

&quot;Universities are now terrible places to find political heterogeneity,&quot; writes Jennifer Senior. &quot;Campus discourse has become the equivalent of the supermarket banana. Only one genetic variety
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"Universities are now terrible places to find political heterogeneity," writes Jennifer Senior. "Campus discourse has become the equivalent of the supermarket banana. Only one genetic variety remains"

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Expertise is everywhere under attack, a reality that's stirred moral panic. Why? Because the flip side of <strong>faith in expertise</strong> is a belief that the public is incompetent

Expertise is everywhere under attack, a reality that&#39;s stirred moral panic. Why? Because the flip side of faith in expertise is a belief that the public is
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Expertise is everywhere under attack, a reality that's stirred moral panic. Why? Because the flip side of faith in expertise is a belief that the public is incompetent

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<span>In some cultures,&nbsp;</span><strong>shyness is a virtue</strong><span>, a sign of refinement. But it befuddled Darwin, who didn't see any benefit to our species</span>

In some cultures,&amp;nbsp;shyness is a virtue, a sign of refinement. But it befuddled Darwin, who didn&#39;t see any benefit to our
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In some cultures, shyness is a virtue, a sign of refinement. But it befuddled Darwin, who didn't see any benefit to our species

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<span>The writing of&nbsp;</span><strong>John Berger</strong><span>&nbsp;can seem kitschy, deluded, masculinist, creepy. But in his strangeness were kindness and sincerity. He sought above all to help us see more clearly</span>

The writing of&amp;nbsp;John Berger&amp;nbsp;can seem kitschy, deluded, masculinist, creepy. But in his strangeness were kindness and sincerity. He sought above all to help us see more
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The writing of John Berger can seem kitschy, deluded, masculinist, creepy. But in his strangeness were kindness and sincerity. He sought above all to help us see more clearly

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Long ago the <strong>ideas of equality</strong> and a common humanity were unthinkable; today they are the default position of almost all of us. How did that happen?

Long ago the ideas of equality and a common humanity were unthinkable; today they are the default position of almost all of us. How did that
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Long ago the ideas of equality and a common humanity were unthinkable; today they are the default position of almost all of us. How did that happen?

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