Category Archives: Ethics and Moral Philosophy

Psychology and Psychics – Why some people think they are psychic.

Interesting article on why people may feel psychic from New Scientist. Philosophy of mind, human nature, psychics, psychology. New Scientist Belief Special 28 January 2006 Glad to be gullible Clare Wilson It is five minutes past midnight and I am alone … Continue reading

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Immoral advances: Is science out of control?

How do we place a moral value on science? What issues are here and on the horizon that will test our moral boundaries through the advancement of science? Philosophy of science, ethics, moral philosophy. From New Scientist magazine. Immoral advances: … Continue reading

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When bad consequences are predicted but are permissible if a good consequence is intended.

The doctrine of double effect, which is the view that it is morally permissible to perform an act having two effects, one good and one evil, where the good consequence is intended and the bad merely foreseen and those consequences … Continue reading

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Six ‘Uniquely Human’ Characteristics Now Found in Animals

New Scientist magazine review of six traits once thought unique to humans and now found in other animals. Philosophy of human nature, mind. 17:11 22 May 2008 NewScientist.com news service Kate Douglas To accompany the article So you think humans are … Continue reading

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Just think: it’s important

Sydney Morning Herald article on teaching philosophy in schools. Reason being … Peter Ellerton teaches philosophy at Brisbane’s Calamvale Community College and started the Australian Philosophy Teachers Network to get more resources to teachers. Photo: Paul Harris     August 25, … Continue reading

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Free Will vs the Programmed Brain

If our actions are determined by prior events, then do we have a choice about anything—or any responsibility for what we do? Scientific American. Free will, philosophy of mind, determinism. By Shaun Nichols Many scientists and philosophers are convinced that … Continue reading

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If you’ve nothing to hide…..Secrecy and the Open Society

Debate on whether privacy is necessary in an open society to a large degree. Should only criminals fear not having secrets? Social and political philosophy resource. Mirko Bagaric | August 13, 2008 HOW worried do you reckon people in developing countries … Continue reading

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Basic Moral Orientations

Series by Lawrence M Hinman Basic Moral Orientations (ppt)

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Philosophy Games

The Philosophers’ magazine online – an excellent series of games on philosophy, critical thinking and deductive logic. Includes Battlefield God and moral philosophy games. http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/

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Free Will and the Mob

How much of what we do is free will and how much is because of the ‘mob’ we find ourselves in? New Scientist. Political philosophy, philosophy of mind, social philosophy. Free Will and the Mob They made me do it … Continue reading

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Should The Great Apes Have Rights?

Animal rights. Human Nature. Humans have rights, should human-like animals? 30 May 2007 NewScientist.com news service Kate Douglas  HIASL is a gregarious 26-year-old who enjoys painting, watching wildlife documentaries and eating bananas. He’s emotional, empathic and self-aware and he shares … Continue reading

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Ethical Theory for absolute beginners

Booklet complied for a ‘Day of Excellence’ in moral philosophy – ethics shot from the hip…. Includes some nice moral dilemmas. Questions in Moral Philosophy

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