Daily Hilarity: Incredibly Easy Moral Dilemmas

Do theists even believe themselves when they say that atheists would not be able to know right from wrong without religion?  Do they really think we’d reply like the guy in green in that cartoon? (Cartoon courtesy of Chaos Pet, of course.) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Philosophical Ethics: Can We Uphold A Moral Law And A Principle That We Should Break It?

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]

Judge This: Who Is Responsible For This Death?

A new variation of James Rachels’s classic thought experiment against the distinction between killing and letting die from Chaos Pet: Well, who is really responsible?  Bob?  George?  Both?  Neither? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Kantian Reasons To Lie To The Murderer At The Door?

Michael Cholbi thinks he has some: First, the lie is not meant to advance the happiness either of the liar or of the potential murder victim, but to thwart the abuse of the victim’s autonomy that her murder would represent. Hence, if lying to the murderer is manipulation at all, it is manipulation in the [Read More...]