Australia’s utilitarian tradition of government – the greatest good for the greatest number – has a dark side: there are always those whose voices struggle to be heard and whose needs are overlooked.
If you aren’t a fan of holiday shopping, you aren’t alone.
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Gift-giving might seem needlessly cumbersome and stressful. But the costs and benefits of the custom aren’t what they seem.
Many countries, including South Africa, use regulations to control smoking in public so that they do not harm non-smokers. Likewise, getting vaccinated is for the common good of society.
Visiting parents during the pandemic poses new risks.
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A mother with underlying conditions wants to hug her children even if means risking her own life with COVID-19. Should they abide by her wishes or keep their distance?
Distant relatives? Visiting mom during the pandemic may be a risk.
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Is it right to visit family members during the pandemic, even if they say they don’t want you to come? Philosophy may hold the answer.
Who should get the groceries?
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In these times of fear and uncertainty, many of us face daily decisions regarding the right thing to do. An ethicist offers guidance on how to think through them.
The largest public housing complex in the country, Queensbridge Houses, is located near the spot where Amazon plans to put a new headquarters.
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When large companies move into an area, the result is often gentrification. When this happens, the economic and social costs for displaced residents is typically high.
Survivor’s guilt is arguably an instance of good character, an emotional expression.
How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’?
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A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.
The harassment at the Presidents Club Charity Dinner was horrible. Here are three lessons from moral philosophy on how to avoid it happening again.
Demonstrators gather at the University of Florida.
The white nationalist’s visit to the University of Florida shows just how messy life’s moral dilemmas can get.
A new study reveals that we are more likely to trust people who follow simple moral rules – or at least give moral problems some serious thought.
Bringing coal-fired power to the poor also means bringing pollution.
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Considerations of the moral case for coal must do far more than consider whether cheap fossil energy will lift people out of poverty. It must consider the pollution and harm to nature that come with it.
Stéphane Charbonnier’s Charlie Hebdo offended people of all religions, but when does causing offence become unethical?
Causing offence to others often causes hurt. Such actions have been condemned as unethical, even immoral behaviour in a civilised society. There have been many examples. The Bill Henson photographs of…
Intensive Care Unit clinicians often allocate scarce resources towards gravely-ill existing patients rather than freeing…