Posts tagged with ethics
27 December 2014 - What Would Impel You to Murder?
What reasons lead a person to deliberately kill another? And what barriers stop us from killing? Authors need to think carefully about the use of murder as a plot point, but everyone benefits by thinking about where their own lines in the sand may blur.
16 June 2013 - Wisdom and The Law
We break laws with impunity when we think we understand the law’s purpose and decide that some other, higher, purpose ought to trump.
12 May 2013 - On the Ethics Relating to Feral Cats
Who would have thought that something as commonplace as a transient family of ferals could prove so ethically complex?
9 March 2013 - Expertise and Its Discontents
Expertise, then, is both a blessing and a curse: You really do know better than others, but others fail to concede the point.
19 August 2012 - Bioethicist Claims Embryonic Genetic Engineering Is “Moral Obligation”
Despite Savulescu’s claims to the contrary, you cannot assume that a human person — even in embryonic form — may be tinkered with on the genetic level unless you first articulate an ironclad ethical argument that justifies what he assumes from the outset.
12 August 2012 - Wilson, Haidt & Moral Psychology
While academic moral philosophy still follows trendy theories down various empty bunny holes, the social psychologsts and evolutionary biologists have plausibly claimed that human moral behavior dervies from the competition/altruism dynamic within groups and between groups.
29 July 2012 - Civility in Modern Discourse: A Brief Reflection
The idea that neighbors have a responsibility for each other, or that everyone deserves to be treated decently even when you disagree, seem to be derogating in favor of a civility-as-nonjudgmentalism that undermines the power of public expectation to maintain public morals.
22 July 2012 - Reflections on a Friend’s Shift from Libertarianism to Progressivism
A recent discussion with my friend Alaric proved most enlightening about why rhetorical strategy varies by ideology and how one’s political leanings can directly affect a person’s system of critical reasoning — as evidenced by his own significant ideological evolution.
8 July 2012 - Divine-Command Ethics in a Secular World
If any particular implementation of divine-command ethics is unconstrained by institutional or cultural norms, the risk that “anything is permissible” in service to the ideological point at its core increases the relative gridlock and fragility of the political process.