Mr Spock, the comic utilitarian
| 06 March 2015 | FEATURES |
Why is there something faintly ridiculous in the logic of thinkers like Bentham, Mill and Peter Singer?
The terrifying utilitarianism behind Guantanamo torture
| 28 January 2015 | FEATURES |
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?
| 24 November 2014 | FEATURES |
An Oxford philosopher wants a more positive image for an austere philosophy.
What if software could suffer?
| 03 June 2014 | FEATURES |
A thought experiment proves that the reasoning for animal rights is on the wrong track.
Let human bodies stay priceless
Turning organs into commercially-traded commodities will subtly alter our relationships.
What money can’t buy
| 26 February 2013 | FEATURES |
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
| 10 January 2013 | FEATURES |
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?
| 08 May 2012 | FEATURES |
The joys of bringing a child into the world are not persuasive for some contemporary philosophers.
Even more weirdness
| 20 March 2012 | FEATURES |
All all bioethicists crazy? Or only the utilitarians?
Daleks are utilitarians, but are utilitarians Daleks?
| 06 October 2011 | FEATURES |
Psychology researchers may have discovered a disturbing angle to utilitarian reasoning.
| 22 September 2011 | FEATURES |
Are there any lessons for the future in the scandalous story of American syphilis research in Guatemala?
| 05 July 2011 | FEATURES |
Are supporters of legalised euthanasia willing to listen to reason? Maybe not.
If the “greater good” trumps human rights…
| 28 March 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |
Before I started writing this blog, the topic of demography usually came before my consciousness (through the media, in conversations etc) in the following form: The world has a problem in that its population is growing too quickly. The world’s resources are inadequate to support this huge population. Unless something is done, there will be a major crisis – there will be food shortages and many people will die of starvation. This could also lead to wars over food resources. The answer therefore, is to “do something”. What though? Implement a Chinese-style one child policy? Encourage, sterilisation, contraception and abortion? Tax people according to the number of children they have? Encourage euthanasia of the old and sick?
Same old, same old
| 10 February 2011 | FEATURES |
The ageing rock star of ethics, Peter Singer, is still playing the same taboo-smashing tunes.
Reaping the whirlwind
| 10 September 2010 | FEATURES |
Seventy years ago this week Nazi planes began a campaign of bombing civilian targets in London. Can we honestly say, “never again”?
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