Archbishop Tutu teaches that punishing wrongdoers, with an eye for an eye, is unjustified.
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Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu is well known for having invoked an ubuntu ethic to evaluate South African society, and he can take substantial credit for having made the term familiar.
Victorian MPs are about to debate an assisted dying bill. How can they sift through competing claims?
There is now a reputable body of research evidence from places that have introduced assisted dying, and MPs must examine that evidence before deciding how they will vote.
To honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa could do with its citizens becoming more active in driving development - particularly efforts to tackle poverty an inequality.
Moral disputes are a product of independent minds with independent agendas. Thus, there is little reason to see ourselves as unbiased sources of righteousness.
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Have American companies just been given the green light to deploy "edgy" branding that goes way too far?
Sometimes people like poetic justice because the law is not in a position to mete out what is deserved.
An April 2017 commemoration in Edinburgh for the centenary of the Battle of Arras.
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A 1915 morality play by Vernon Lee makes a powerful critique of jingoist group-think.
High school and college students protested Trump’s inauguration at Seattle Central College in January.
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When it comes to politics these days, it feels like everything is 'my way or the highway.' What can colleges do to end this moral fundamentalism and get students listening to each other?
One of Hermann Nitsch’s previous works, the Orgies Mysteries Theatre in Italy, 2015.
There is a history of mistreatment of animals in the name of art. But isn’t it about time artists made their point about human domination without themselves asserting dominance over beasts?
Can moral sentiments be measured?
Asking people about morality and empathy may not yield sincere answers. Moral sentiments, can, indeed, be measured.
A new megachurch movement is drawing crowds on the basis of belief in nonbelief.
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Distrust of the irreligious has been commonplace in the American political discourse from the founding.
What? Okay, that sounds good.
The world may feel polarised, but most people chop and change their views.
Three generations of a Wisconsin family with a nine-point buck.
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What place does hunting have in our urbanized society? Is it acceptable to kill for fun? For conservation? Philosophy doesn't have all the answers, but it can help us understand opposing views.
A billboard of US president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Danilovgrad, Montenegro.
The world needs great leaders who thrive on making a positive difference to people’s lives and not on festering fear and war mongering.
What is a good life for an egg-laying hen?
Voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure that assumed so. But a philosopher of animal welfare suggests the ethical issues involved are trickier than a yes/no vote would suggest.
What did I do?
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Most of us keep tabs on other people's wrongdoings but suffer from 'ethical amnesia' when it comes to our own missteps.
Virtue and vice? Or just food?
Sugar and saturated fat aren't 'evil' and kale and avocado aren't 'good'.
A blueprint for ISIS – and for a video game? Camp Bucca, Iraq.
Does including torture or other human rights violations in video games trivialize the actions? Or might it force us to think more critically about them?
Does what’s most usual seem inherently good to you?
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It's a common quirk of human psychology to make the mental leap that the way things are is the way things ought to be. New research into how we explain the world around us sheds light on the phenomenon.
Lost in the fog? How the fraudsters got their morals.
Corporate wrongdoing is underpinned by a morality that many of us have voted for.