Ethicists disagree on whether people are morally obligated to take small actions that – on their own – contribute only slightly to the collective good.
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A moral philosopher explains why the ethics of getting or refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are more complex than it might seem.
Masks Up, Surf City, banner campaign in Huntington Beach, Calif.
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Many of us believe that outrage is an appropriate response to what appears to be a selfishly motivated refusal to wear a mask, but is it?
Are there innate differences between female and male brains?
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Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.
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?
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.
A few things to know before you head out for a job interview.
What makes an action ‘good’ or ‘evil’? And are there situations under which lying for a job interview might be justified?
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging.
Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
Society persists in criminalising the use of cannabis but it is morally indefensible.
The recent crop of so-called free speech warriors. From left to right: Gad Saad, Ben Shapiro, Lindsay Shepherd and Jordan Peterson.
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Though the cultural origins of free speech are progressive, there is nothing actually liberal about the current crop of free speech warriors in the Canada and the United States.
John Stuart Mill.
The great thinker left thousands of comments in the margins of his personal library. Now these are being digitised and catalogued.
Pants on fire.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can’t be done.
When public investment in a development like Sydney’s Northern Beaches Hospital boosts land values, who should reap those gains: the community or individual owners?
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Who is entitled to the increase in value created by planning approvals, new infrastructure, population growth or urban development? For John Stuart Mill, the answer would have been the community.
19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill was a leading thinker on free speech.
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The concept of ‘free speech’ is devilishly difficult, and depends greatly on a person’s political and philosophical viewpoint.
Libertarians have a deeply atomising picture about communities, states, even about what it is to be human.
David Leyonhjelm’s parliamentary inquiry into what he calls “the nanny state” reflects a view of human beings as essentially independent individuals. But that’s not kind of society most of us want.
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…
If you treat smoking as a purely personal choice you’re not giving enough weight to the impact of dying young.
A few years ago I saw a poster stuck to the wall of a train station in Copenhagen. The poster was a protest paid for by a prominent Danish musician against new regulations against smoking in public. At…