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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.


Conquering mental castles
Daan van Schalkwijk | 28 October 2014 |
tags: ethics, philosophy
Western philosophy has acquired the habit of thinking of men as machines. How can this be overcome?


Why happiness should replace GDP in policy making
Richard A. Easterlin | 27 October 2014 |
tags: economics, GDP, happiness
Something is wrong if China's productivity has soared and its satisfaction with life has nosedived.


China’s virtuous president
Zac Alstin | 16 October 2014 |
tags: China, Confucius, virtue
Is Xi Jinping promoting Confucian virtue, or is his interest in the Sage more pragmatic?


Is conscience an unaffordable luxury?
Sean Murphy | 24 September 2014 |
tags: conscience, conscientious objection, rights of conscience
Precisely because we live in secular states, we must make room for believers, religious or not, in public life.


The slow, tentative return of women’s lost sense of sexual honour
Barbara Kay | 16 September 2014 |
tags: honour, modesty, sexual revolution
Something in our nature craves the constraints that produce the rewards an honour code confers.


What Malaysia Airlines must do to survive
Paul Baines | 03 September 2014 |
tags: business ethics, Malaysia Airlines
Even after unprecedented bad luck, the ill-starred company can thrive. But it will be an uphill climb.


ISIS has done the world a favour
Michael Cook | 01 September 2014 |
tags: Al Gore, climate change, ISIS, Islamic State
It has killed off climate change as the world's greatest moral challenge.


Temper, temper
Bernard Toutounji | 25 August 2014 |
tags: four temperaments, psycholgy
The four temperaments are a tried and true aid to self-knowledge.


When freedoms collide
Carolyn Moynihan | 15 August 2014 |
tags: common good, freedom of conscience, religious liberty
A framework for navigating freedom of conscience issues.


Law and morality in public discourse
Charles J. Chaput | 12 August 2014 |
tags: law, law and morality, morality, public policy debates
The natural law should undergird our positive laws, a Catholic theologian argues.


The global niceness challenge announces a winner
Michael Cook | 11 July 2014 |
tags: foreign affairs, happiness
Statisticians have identified the Mother Teresa of global politics.


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