Let human bodies stay priceless
Margaret Somerville | 19 March 2013 |
Turning organs into commercially-traded commodities will subtly alter our relationships.
What money can’t buy
Michael Cook | 26 February 2013 |
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 |
One hundred and fifty years after J S Mill's famous book on Utilitarianism, the heirs of his philosophy are embracing nihilism.
Is it better never to have been born?
Michael Cook | 08 May 2012 |
tags: bioethics, children, utilitarianism
The joys of bringing a child into the world are not persuasive for some contemporary philosophers.
Even more weirdness
Michael Cook | 20 March 2012 |
tags: bioethics, utilitarianism
All all bioethicists crazy? Or only the utilitarians?
Daleks are utilitarians, but are utilitarians Daleks?
Richard Umbers | 06 October 2011 |
tags: Doctor Who, utilitarianism
Psychology researchers may have discovered a disturbing angle to utilitarian reasoning.
Michael Cook | 22 September 2011 |
tags: Guatemala, utilitarianism
Are there any lessons for the future in the scandalous story of American syphilis research in Guatemala?
Michael Cook | 05 July 2011 |
Are supporters of legalised euthanasia willing to listen to reason? Maybe not.
Same old, same old
Michael Cook | 10 February 2011 |
tags: ethics, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
The ageing rock star of ethics, Peter Singer, is still playing the same taboo-smashing tunes.
Reaping the whirlwind
Zac Alstin | 10 September 2010 |
tags: terrorism, utilitarianism, World War II
Seventy years ago this week Nazi planes began a campaign of bombing civilian targets in London. Can we honestly say, “never again”?
Truman was right
Zac Alstin | 20 August 2010 |
Dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki taught America that morality was irrelevant.
Locked in without a key
Michael Cook | 02 December 2009 |
tags: disabilities, PVS, utilitarianism
Why are some bioethicists and scientists so sceptical of the incredible story of a paralysed Belgian man who began to communicate after 23 years?
A realistic strategy for fighting African AIDS
Matthew Hanley | 29 February 2008 |
tags: Africa, AIDS, utilitarianism
Discussion of the African AIDS crisis is riddled with ideology. The evidence shows that utilitarian HIV prevention guidelines are failing.
The ultimate miserabilist
Michael Cook | 02 October 2007 |
tags: miserabilism, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
Just when you thought philosophers couldn't get any more pessimistic, one of them surprises you.
Truth or consequences
Michael Cook | 17 June 2005 |
tags: Guantanamo Bay, torture, utilitarianism, war on terror
What philosophy can justify the abuse of enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay? The same one which justifies stem cell research and euthanasia.