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Mr Spock, the comic utilitarian
Michael Cook | 06 March 2015 |
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 forgotten meaning of human nature
Zac Alstin | 05 March 2015 |
tags: ethics, human nature, natural law, same-sex marriage
Contemporary debates have lost the vision of our ethical heritage


Yoga without ethics: just empty posturing?
Zac Alstin | 05 March 2015 |
tags: discipline, sexual assault, virtue, Yoga
Can the fitness fad live up to its traditional roots?


The torture-abortion nexus
Michael Cook | 02 February 2015 |
tags: abortion, torture
Why do philosophers who defend abortion also defend torture?


Protecting doctors’ freedom of conscience
Margaret Somerville | 29 January 2015 |
tags: abortion, conscience protection, euthanasia
Some practical steps would protect rights and prevent "ethical cleansing".


Remembering Auschwitz
Michael Cook | 27 January 2015 |
tags: Auschwitz, Enlightenment, Holocaust
70 years ago today, the most notorious Nazi death camp was liberated by the Red Army.


A murderous blame game
Zac Alstin | 23 January 2015 |
tags: Charlie Hebdo, Islam
Did the provocative cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo "bring it upon themselves"?


Canada’s medical totalitarians
Sean Murphy | 21 January 2015 |
tags: Canada, conscience, conscience rights, conscientious objection
Doctors are at risk of killing against their consciences or of losing their jobs.


The mission creep of dignity
Mark Regnerus | 20 January 2015 |
tags: dignity, sociology
Dignity has less to do with autonomy or independence than with intrinsic worth and the ability to flourish.


What virtue adds to happiness
Alejo Jose G. Sison | 09 January 2015 |
tags: happiness, philosophy, virtue
Going beyond having and doing into the realm of becoming.


New You Resolution
Zac Alstin | 01 January 2015 |
tags: 2014, 2015, New Year's resolutions
What can a 17th Century French genius and an obscure Neo-Confucian discipline teach us about happiness?


Being “nice” worked in World War II. Why not now?
Michael Cook | 12 December 2014 |
tags: torture, World War II
Two legendary interrogators have lessons for the War on Terror.


Ethics will always play catch-up in the war on terror
Michael Cook | 10 December 2014 |
tags: ethics of warfare, torture, USA, war on terror
A deeply utilitarian mindset pervades US foreign policy.


John McCain breaks ranks with GOP over CIA torture
John McCain | 10 December 2014 |
tags: CIA, enhanced interrogation techniques, torture, war on terror
Based on personal experience he says that "enhanced interrogation techniques" were shameful and didn't work.


Your money, or your life?
Zac Alstin | 28 November 2014 |
tags: happiness, philosophy, wealth
Roasting my own coffee beans is just one of the pleasures of exploring natural wealth.


Ferguson is not a special case
Tony N. Brown | 27 November 2014 |
tags: Ferguson, justice, racism, USA
The riots in Ferguson remind us that many people who believe in justice are comfortable watching its miscarriage.


Elderspeak is demeaning
Craig Klugman | 25 November 2014 |
tags: elderly, elderspeak, human dignity
Why are residents of nursing homes addressed as if they were children?


If the mindfulness craze is really so cool, why did Anders Breivik use it?
Denyse O'Leary | 17 November 2014 |
tags: Buddhism, mindfulness, stress, work-life balance
Meditation techniques can help stressed-out executives, but they are open to abuse.


The awe-full truth of human dignity
Zac Alstin | 13 November 2014 |
tags: dignitarian, dignity, MercatorNet
A MercatorNet contributor reflects on its unique “dignitarian” philosophy.


I can’t handle being useful
Zac Alstin | 10 November 2014 |
tags: management, rhetoric, work
The language of management is often offensive, pompous, and demeaning. It's time for a spring cleaning.


How can you tell when moralizing is wrong?
Sean Murphy | 06 November 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, ethical thinking, morality
Brittany Maynard's death exposed a flaw in the arguments of moral relativism.


When Iran hanged a woman for killing her rapist, it showed how senseless all capital punishment is
Carolyn Moynihan | 28 October 2014 |
tags: capital punishment, Iran, rape
Whatever really happened, Reyhaneh deserved to live.


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