The New Science of Morality
How Humans Became Moral Beings Why do people show kindness to others, even those outside their families, when they do not stand to benefit from it? Being generous without that generosity being reciprocated does not advance the basic evolutionary drive to survive and reproduce. Christopher Boehm, an evolutionary anthropologist, is the director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at the University of Southern California. For 40 years, he has observed primates and studied different human cultures to understand social and moral behavior. In his new book, Moral Origins, Boehm speculates that human morality emerged along with big game hunting. When hunter-gatherers formed groups, he explains, survival essentially boiled down to one key tenet—cooperate, or die.
A BOOK IN PROGRESS [PART 9]: MARTIN LUTHER’S ACCIDENTAL REVOLUTION Continuing the series of extracts from the book that I am writing on the history of moral thought, we have reached Chapter 10, which looks at the Renaissance and the Reformation and at the impact of both on moral philosophy.
A BOOK IN PROGRESS [PART 13]: NIETZSCHE, NIHILISM AND THE DEATH OF GOD In the series of extracts from my almost-finished book on the history of moral thought, I have reached Chapter 14, which is devoted to the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. This extract is from the discussion of Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals. Nietzsche trained as a philologist, not as a philosopher, and his writing is quite unlike traditional philosophical work, whether the dry, rigorous plodding of an Aristotle or a Kant, or the flights of sometimes barely-intelligible fancy that mark the work of a philosopher like Hegel and, later, Heidegger.
Evil, Ethics, and the Imagination: An Interview with Richard Kearney, Part I : The Other Journal Evil, Ethics, and the Imagination: An Interview with Richard Kearney, Part I In this three-part interview, the illustrious Irish philosopher Richard Kearney explores the human experiences of evil.
by Massimo Pigliucci Moral philosophy’s third way
Does moral theory create extremism? Moral theory is what most moral philosophers spend our time doing. We try to clarify our moral intuitions about things like fairness, freedom, and responsibility and how they relate to each other. We do that by working them out as specific concepts which operate according to consistent and coherent rules (theory).
by Massimo Pigliucci [This post is part of an ongoing series on ethics in which Massimo is exploring and trying to clarify his own ideas about what is right and wrong, and why he thinks so. Part I was on meta-ethics; part II on consequentialism; part III on deontology; part IV on virtue ethics.] Contractarianism
by Massimo Pigliucci [This post is part of an ongoing series on ethics in which Massimo is exploring and trying to clarify his own ideas about what is right and wrong, and why he thinks so. Virtue ethics
by Massimo Pigliucci [This post is part of an ongoing series on ethics in which Massimo is exploring and trying to clarify his own ideas about what is right and wrong, and why he thinks so. Deontology
by Massimo Pigliucci [This post is part of an ongoing series on ethics in which Massimo is exploring and trying to clarify his own ideas about what is right and wrong, and why he thinks so. Part I was on meta-ethics] Consequentialism
"Aha" says the Moral Philosopher triumphantly, polishing his monocle ferociously with a large handkerchief. Morality vs Ethics: The Trolley Problem
The Life You Can Save
“We Are Moving in a More Humanitarian Direction”: An Interview with Philosopher Peter Singer (Full Text and Video) diggdigg Peter Singer is perhaps the world’s most influential philosopher and the Ira W.
Should We Ban Cigarettes? - Peter Singer - Project Syndicate Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space PRINCETON – US President Barack Obama’s doctor confirmed last month that the president no longer smokes. At the urging of his wife, Michelle Obama, the president first resolved to stop smoking in 2006, and has used nicotine replacement therapy to help him. If it took Obama, a man strong-willed enough to aspire to and achieve the US presidency, five years to kick the habit, it is not surprising that hundreds of millions of smokers find themselves unable to quit.
The Ethics of Voting : the art of theory – a quarterly journal of political philosophy I. Good Intentions Aren’t Enough Betty Benevolence wants to save the world. Yet she has crazy ideas about how to do it.
Ethics and economics have a troubled relationship. Economics for ethics
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
Ethics and Global Climate Change
'Out of Character': The Good and Evil in All of Us - Maria Popova - Life
Moral hypocrisy, and how to avoid it |
Confessions of an Ex-Moralist
A Convenient Untruth: God and the Evolution of Ethics – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics
Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism: A Four-Field Manifesto
Christine Overall’s Why Have Children?, reviewed
"Are Humans Getting Better?" by Peter Singer
Does Mars Have Rights?
sp!ked review of books preview | Animals don’t have morality, people do
Animal Rights and the Predation Problem « The Thrifty Philosopher
Robot ethics: Morals and the machine
Peas and quiet
Does Altruism Actually Exist? - Alice G. Walton - Life
Why we have moral rules but don't follow them - science-in-society - 16 February 2012
Recovering Adam Smith's ethical economics
Reading Jane Austen as a moral philosopher
Is Incest Wrong? | Think Tank
"Weigh More, Pay More" by Peter Singer
The Benevolent Deception: When Should a Doctor Lie to Patients? - Marc E. Agronin - Life
The Passion of Mike Daisey: Journalism, Storytelling and the Ethics of Attention
Who matters (or should) when scientists engage in ethical decision-making? | Doing Good Science