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" The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

 

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Ethics

 

The Oxford Union

 

                                                   

The Union is the world's most prestigious debating society. It was founded in 1823 as a forum for discussion and debate, at a time when the free exchange of ideas was a notion foreign to the restrictive University authorities. It soon became the only place for students to discuss political topics whilst at Oxford. W.E. Gladstone, later to become one of the greatest British Prime Ministers, was one of the leading figures of the Union's early years. Gladstone was President of the Union in 1830, shortly before entering the House of Commons. Many others have followed him into politics, and the Union can boast dozens of former members who have been active in its affairs whilst at Oxford and then gone to become both nationally and internationally prominent figures.

Debates, including of ethical issues, are still its lifeblood. Angela Davis and Cornel West debated the motion that 'This House Believes that Extremism in the Defence of Liberty is No Vice'. One of the most famous motions, ‘This House will under no circumstances fight for King and Country’ sparked off a national controversy in the press when it was passed by an overwhelming majority in 1933.