Monthly Archives: May 2007

What can ethics courses achieve?

In a Houston Chronicle commentary titled “Where’s Right and Wrong in Ethics?,” Donald Bates explores why required university courses in ethics fail to produce ethical business practices. Bates lists many familiar examples of unethical behavior in public life (Enron and … Continue reading

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Future of Bioethics

Many problems of bioethics revolve around the value of life. Many bioethicists accept the Judeo-Christian view that human life and human life only has great intrinsic value. As a corollary it is taken that anything thing that is both alive … Continue reading

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Cartesian Ethics: Concern for Self and Others

Cartesian Ethics: Concern for Self and Others When examining the ethics of Descartes, it is easy to focus exclusively on his interest in virtue and concern for self-interest. As a result, discussions of his ethics often have what Cecilia Wee … Continue reading

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Nozick and the Problem of Moral Progress

Nozick and the Problem of Moral Progress In attempting to achieve a new and objective approach to ethics, Nozick eschews discussion of many of the standard elements of moral philosophy: compassion, agency, harm, and sentiment. He may have been trying … Continue reading

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Becoming familiar with death

Death be a Stranger No More Although every human is ultimately successful at achieving death, most of us experience profound anxiety over the event. When pressed, some of us will claim that we do not fear death as much as … Continue reading

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Language and the Content of Belief

Language and the Content of Belief If language is a core feature of consciousness, our conscious thoughts, expressed in language, should accurately reflect our belief states, and we should be able to accurately determine the contents of at least our … Continue reading

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Morality of Tragic Pleasure

Randall Horton The Morality of Tragic Pleasure Human enjoyment of intense emotional pain is a paradox that remains to be resolved or eliminated. Aristotle attempted to give an account that defended the morality of enjoying tragic pleasure. Later philosophers, such … Continue reading

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