Ethical thinking articles

ethical thinking



Stumbling forward into the past
Michael Kirke | 25 March 2014 |
tags: Christianity, culture, Roman Empire, Western civilization
Even the Roman Empire had a use-by date. What is ours?


Social science is no bogeyman
Paul D. Miller | 18 March 2014 |
tags: natural law, social science, virtue
Well-grounded research supports virtue and human flourishing.


Should we really treat animals like humans?
Christopher O. Tollefsen | 30 January 2014 |
tags: animal rights, Christian theology, ethics
All creatures are special, but some are more special than others.


Enduring power
J. Donald Boudreau | 08 January 2014 |
tags: bioethics, Hippocratic Oath
After 2,400 years, the Hippocratic Oath still inspires doctors. Why is a leading bioethicist mocking it?


Discovered: the secret of morality
Michael Cook | 24 September 2013 |
tags: morality, science
American scientists contend that the way to make people more moral is to get them to think about science.


Delving into the mind of Islam
Robert R. Reilly and Alvino-Mario Fantini | 16 August 2013 |
tags: Islam
Only if the West recovers its robust confidence in reason can it confront the challenge of Muslim extremism.


Is America’s lawyer president lying to the world?
Robert Hutchinson | 04 July 2013 |
tags: Barack Obama, privacy, surveillance
Can we trust what the President is telling the public about the extent of NSA surveillance?


Nikola Tesla and the ethics of publicity
Karl D. Stephan | 01 July 2013 |
tags: Nikola Tesla, public relations, technology
Even the greatest inventors can become the captives of their own dreams.


“Why Tolerate Religion?”
Ray Pennings | 01 July 2013 |
tags: religion in public square, tolerance
In an influential book, a Princeton professor argues glibly that religion deserves no special legal consideration.


Squatters on Europe’s Christian heritage
Jeff Fountain | 19 June 2013 |
tags: Chrstianity, human dignity, Netherlands, Robert Schuman
Can human dignity find a firm foundation in secularism?


Networks of responsibility: the Philadelphia building collapse
Karl D. Stephan | 18 June 2013 |
tags: engineering ethics, Philadelphia
Who should ultimately take the blame in a tragedy of careless demolition which caused six deaths?


An Esther moment
Peter Saunders | 14 June 2013 |
tags: conscience, conscientious objection, Elizabeth II, same-sex marriage
In the 60th year of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II will soon be asked to give royal assent to same-sex marriage. Is this a violation of her coronation oath?


Not with a bang, but a whimper
Michael Cook | 31 May 2013 |
tags: scientism, stem cells
After more than a decade of research on embryonic stem cells, scientists are quietly moving on to greener pastures.


Necessary excuses
Zac Alstin | 23 May 2013 |
tags: ethics, ethics of warfare
“Comfort women”, carpet bombing, atom bombs, lethal drones and genocide can all be justified by appeals to necessity.


EU shows how to do a dodgy survey
Anne Fleck | 16 May 2013 |
tags: EU, homophobia, human rights
The EU's largest-ever survey of hate crimes and discrimination against LGBT people claims that they labour under a terrible burden. But the figures don’t support the conclusions.


Why should we care about Boston?
Michael Cook | 23 April 2013 |
tags: Boston Marathon bombings, Christianity, media, solidarity
Some Australian journalists have asked why so much coverage was given to American deaths and so little to deaths in Iraq. Are they right?


Burying Thatcher: why celebrating death is still wrong
Patrick Stokes | 17 April 2013 |
tags: death, ethics, Margaret Thatcher, obituaries
Our dealings with the dead are just as ethically governed as our dealings with the living.


The road to same-sex marriage was paved by Rousseau
Robert R. Reilly | 15 April 2013 |
tags: Aristotle, philosophy, Rousseau, same-sex marriage
At the heart of the debate over same-sex marriage are fundamental questions about who men are and how we decide what makes us flourish.


The empathy gap
John Tirman | 02 April 2013 |
tags: Afghanistan, drones, Iraq
Where is the sympathy for the civilian victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?


The shaky science behind same-sex marriage
Institute for Marriage and Public Policy , Harvey C. Mansfield and Leon R. Kass | 26 March 2013 |
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, US Supreme Court
The case rests squarely on sociology and psychology. How reliable can this be, ask two distinguished scholars.


What money can’t buy
Michael Cook | 26 February 2013 |
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?


Hellfire, morality and strategy
George Friedman | 20 February 2013 |
tags: drones, ethics of warfare, US
The use of drones may be legal under international war, but it is leading the US into unknown territory.


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