G. E. M. Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy”

Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe

Author: Daniel Weltman Category: Ethics, Historical Philosophy Word Count: 1000 When discussing morality, we often talk about what we ought to do: e.g., “you ought not to cheat on that test” or “you shouldn’t steal candy from a baby.” The philosopher Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (1919-2001) argues in her article "Modern Moral Philosophy" (1958) that … Continue reading G. E. M. Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy”

Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas”: Would You Walk Away?

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

By Spencer Case Categories: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy Word Count: 1,000 When, if ever, is it right to sacrifice someone for the greater good? Ursula K. Le Guin’s (1929-2018) fantasy short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” raises this question, among others.[1] This essay introduces her story and explores its philosophical implications. … Continue reading Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas”: Would You Walk Away?

Why be Moral? Plato’s ‘Ring of Gyges’ Thought Experiment

The Ring of Gyges.

Author: Spencer Case Categories: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Historical Philosophy Word count: 995 What if you could steal, cheat, and violate any other moral norm without fear of punishment? Would you still have reason to do what’s right? The ancient Greek philosopher Plato (427—347 B.C.E.) considered this question in his dialogue, the Republic, which … Continue reading Why be Moral? Plato’s ‘Ring of Gyges’ Thought Experiment