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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.

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.

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