On the Morality Of…

  • On the Morality of: Euthanasia (May 24, 2007)
    Is there ever a defensible case to be made for assisting the terminally ill in ending their own lives?
  • On the Morality of: Gay Marriage (August 31, 2007)
    No morality grounded in reason can offer any excuse for denying two people in love the right to spend their lives together.
  • On the Morality of: Prostitution (November 26, 2007)
    Is legalizing prostitution the best way to remedy the undeniable harm it often does to women?
  • On the Morality of: Cloning (December 28, 2007)
    Reproductive cloning solves no pressing problem, but therapeutic cloning very well may.
  • On the Morality of: Recreational Drug Use (February 29, 2008)
    The “war on drugs” is wasteful, counterproductive and an offense to freedom. There is no rational reason to prevent mature adults from using euphoriant substances.
  • On the Morality of: Abortion (April 28, 2008)
    Moral personhood comes from the ability for conscious thought. Thus, a fetus whose brain has not developed sufficiently to make conscious thought possible is not a person, and no harm is done by aborting it.
  • On the Morality of: Forgiveness (June 30, 2008)
    Forgiveness should be given when it is earned, not dispensed in response to performing magical rituals.
  • On the Morality of: Torture (August 26, 2008)
    An exploration of whether the infamous “ticking time bomb” scenario justifies the use of torture in other instances.
  • On the Morality of: Conservation (October 26, 2008)
    Concern for the future demands that we live sustainably in the present.
  • On the Morality of: Patriotism (January 12, 2009)
    Patriotism can become destructive tribalism when carried to excess, but it has also brought about some of humanity’s most potent calls for reform and revolution.
  • On the Morality of: Military Spending (July 28, 2009)
    The staggering amounts of money spent by the U.S. government on funding the military-industrial complex could be used far more profitably in other areas.
  • On the Morality of: Polyamory (November 16, 2009)
    Although the state should not intervene in consenting adults’ private relationships, the legal benefits granted to monogamous couples would be much more difficult to extend to more complex partnerships.
  • On the Morality of: Investing (May 11, 2011)
    Is it unethical to buy stock in companies that do wrong?
  • On the Morality of: Circumcision (July 6, 2011)
    There’s no ethical justification for parents surgically removing healthy, functional tissue from their babies to make their appearance comply with cultural norms.
  • On the Morality of: Treating Psychopaths (May 18, 2012)
    How can a rational society humanely defend itself from the rare human predators who have absolutely no sense of empathy for others?
  • On the Morality of: Privacy (October 17, 2012)
    Balancing free speech and the right to anonymity against the right of private individuals to not be compelled into expressive actions against their will.
  • On the Morality of: Boycotting States (July 10, 2013)
    When some jurisdictions grant equality to LGBT people and others don’t, is it better to leave and divest, or to stay and fight?
  • On the Morality of: De-Extinction (March 5, 2014)
    We have the power to resurrect extinct species, but should we?
  • On the Morality of: Self-Plagiarism (June 18, 2014)
    Is it possible to steal from yourself?
  • On the Morality of: Open Borders (March 9, 2016)
    People should have the right to travel and to live wherever they choose.
  • On the Morality of: Punching Nazis (January 25, 2017)
    Let’s remember who’s advocating violence against whom and keep in mind a proper sense of proportionality.
  • On the Morality of: Privacy of the Dead (April 24, 2017)
    What privacy rights do the dead have that the living are bound to respect?
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