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Utilitarianism


Peter Singer’s cold logic of doing good through philanthropy

Clive Hamilton | 25 July 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: effective altruism, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
A liberal critic savages the famous philosopher's ideas for changing the world


Is transhumanism really the world’s most dangerous idea?

Michael Cook | 20 July 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: immortality, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, Singularity, transhumanism, utilitarianism
Step by step, our lives are being absorbed by technology.


The wrong lesson from Hiroshima

Michael Cook | 13 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: atomic bomb, Elizabeth Anscombe, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, utilitarianism
It's not weakness to regard dropping atom bombs on two Japanese cities as immoral


Rotten to the core? America’s new curriculum project

Peter Wood | 13 April 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Common Core, education reform, utilitarianism
A seasoned educationist explains why the Common Core should be abandoned.


The fatal flaws of the bioethics industry

David S. Oderberg | 18 December 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, natural law, utilitarianism
A philosopher criticises its superficiality and sophistry.


The fragile case for new brittle bone treatment

Philippa Taylor | 22 October 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, bioethics, utilitarianism
Human beings should never be means to an end.


Will more auto safety investigators save more lives?

Karl D. Stephan | 11 June 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: safety, utilitarianism
Perhaps not, but the public will feel safer, which is what they value.


Calculating charity

Michael Cook | 02 June 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Auschwitz, cooperation in evil, effective altruism, moral complicity, Peter Singer, philanthropy, utilitarianism
Peter Singer's new book on philanthropy reveals a dark side to utilitarianism


Mr Spock, the comic utilitarian

Michael Cook | 06 March 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Peter Singer, Star Trek, utilitarianism
Why is there something faintly ridiculous in the logic of thinkers like Bentham, Mill and Peter Singer?


The terrifying utilitarianism behind Guantanamo torture

Peter Finn | 28 January 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Guantanamo Bay, utilitarianism
After a six-year legal battle, a detainee has given his side of the story of his arrest, rendition and interrogation. It's horrific.


Where are the true utilitarians who have not bent the knee to Baal?

Michael Cook | 24 November 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
An Oxford philosopher wants a more positive image for an austere philosophy.


What if software could suffer?

Michael Cook | 03 June 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: artificial intelligence, Jeremy Bentham, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
A thought experiment proves that the reasoning for animal rights is on the wrong track.


Let human bodies stay priceless

Margaret Somerville | 19 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, commodification, market economy, utilitarianism
Turning organs into commercially-traded commodities will subtly alter our relationships.


What money can’t buy

Michael Cook | 26 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, commodification, market economy, utilitarianism
What is the proper role of money and markets in a democratic society? How can we protect the priceless goods in moral and civic life from being bought and sold?


Harvard Munch: when liberty becomes bondage

Michael Cook | 10 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bestiality, Harvard, John Stuart Mill, sado-masochism, torture, utilitarianism
One hundred and fifty years after J S Mill's famous book on Utilitarianism, the heirs of his philosophy are embracing nihilism.


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