An introduction to the ethical theory cultural relativism or ethical relativism or relativism: do cultural norms make actions right and wrong?
Ethical Egoism: The Morality of Selfishness
The ethical theory known as ethical egoism states that we are always morally required to do what’s in our own self-interest: the view is sometimes called an “ethics of selfishness.” The view isn’t that we are selfish—this is psychological egoism—but that we ought to be. This essay explores ethical egoism and the main arguments for and against it.
Euthanasia, or Mercy Killing
Author: Nathan Nobis Category: Ethics Word count: 1000 Listen here Sadly, there are people in very bad medical conditions who want to die. They are in pain, they are suffering, and they no longer find their quality of life to be at an acceptable level anymore. When people like this are kept alive by machines … Continue reading Euthanasia, or Mercy Killing
Responding to Morally Flawed Historical Philosophers and Philosophies
Authors: Victor Fabian Abundez-Guerra and Nathan Nobis Categories: Ethics, Historical Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Sex and Gender, Metaphilosophy Wordcount: 1000 Listen here Many historically-influential philosophers had profoundly wrong moral views or behaved very badly. Aristotle thought women were “deformed men” and that some people were slaves “by nature.” Descartes had disturbing views about … Continue reading Responding to Morally Flawed Historical Philosophers and Philosophies
Ethics and “Extra Credit”
Author: Nathan Nobis Category: Ethics, Philosophy of Education Word count: 995 Listen here Grades on assignments and tests are reliable, yet imperfect, indicators of students’ knowledge and understanding of a subject matter. Overall course grades are also often influenced by students’ complying with class procedures: e.g., if attendance and participation are required, then students who … Continue reading Ethics and “Extra Credit”
The Ethics of Abortion
Abortion involves the intentional killing of a human being. Killing human beings is often deeply wrong, so is abortion wrong? If so, when? And why?