Ethics Category

Expanding on Good

The purpose of this brief is to expand on an earlier post which had within it a definition of Good in its abstraction. A unique definition I thought of while studying in my final year at the University of Toronto. The definition of Good as thought by me, recently edited for clarity, is the following: […]

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Editing human embryos “morally permissible”

July 17, 2018 While we can tell an acorn from an oak tree, it doesn’t stop the acorn from growing into an oak tree. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44849034

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Henry Sidgwick Intuitionalism and Four Conditions in Determining Trust Worthy Conclusions

In “The Methods of Ethics”, Henry Sidgwick is looking for the proper moral code to use in order to figure out what is it people “ought” to do. In doing so he examines three moral theories seriously, Egoistic hedonism, Universalistic hedonism also known as utilitarianism, and Intuitionalism. Of these three, it is Henry Sidgwick’s review […]

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Flip it and Reverse it

Over the years I continue to look at the world through an ethical lens, it’s unavoidable after 5 years of morality, ethics, law, and theological lectures. Often people complain today on social media about how this person said this, or this person did that. It is a remarkable equalizer in terms of social justice with […]

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John Stuart Mill – Why be Moral?

It is not enough for moral theories to simply explain how things should be and then just leave it at that, there needs to be some reason for people to follow a moral theory. In other words, there needs to be some form of consequences inherent to that theory so that there is a reason […]

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Michael Shermer on Moral Realism

Hello Ethic Nutters, Found another great video on Youtube. This one is about Moral Realism and, as the title suggests, “We don’t need God or religion to know right from wrong”. It’s interesting although not too academic. Michael Shermer is known for many things other than Moral Philosophy although it is still interesting to hear […]

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Immanuel Kant – Short Intro Video

Hello Ethic Nutters, One of my favourite Youtube channels is The School of Life which has a wide selection of video’s on influential philosophers. I thought I would share the one on Immanuel Kant which mentions his effort to shift morality outside of the church while keeping its tenants. Here is the link: Click Here – […]

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Enemy of the People: A perspective on a classic

Hello Ethic Nutters, I’m posting a paper of mine written during my Masters while in Linkoping, Sweden. The course was Social and Political Ethics and I was assigned the task to review the play by Henrik Ibsen “An Enemy of the People” which I didn’t know at the time held immense importance in Political Ethics. […]

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Globalisation and Global Justice

In the article “The Problems of Global Justice” Thomas Nagel looks at two theories of global justice and assess their feasibility. The two theories he looks at are cosmopolitanism and the second which he dubs political conception and which is exemplified by Rawls’ theory presented in the book “The Law of Peoples”. Nagel briefly brings […]

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Defining Good in Abstraction

What good actually is might best be described as that which within oneself generates positive externalities outside oneself which has a greater tendency to promote the same form of positive externalities amongst those experiencing the initial externality than it would to promote negative externalities amongst the same individuals, as the initial externality ripples through both […]

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