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Why Aren’t Ethicists More Ethical?

By Michael J. Sigrist Eric Schwitzgebel, a philosopher at University of California, Riverside, and a prolific blogger, has stirred up some controversy by studying whether ethics professors are morally better than others. As you might imagine, this is not a straightforward task. How do you measure how moral someone is? Schwitzgebel looks at indicators that [More]

Can’t Say Anything Anymore

Some claim that political correctness has gone to far and that one cannot say anything anymore. As evidence, people point to examples of celebrities who have gotten in trouble for saying things that some regard as racist, homophobic or sexist. They also point to existence of trigger warnings, safe spaces and cases in which speakers [More]

Philanthropy

When billionaires are criticized for having an excess of unearned wealth, their defenders like to point out that many billionaires are philanthropists. Bill Gates is famous for his foundation, Jeff Bezos has given millions to his charities, and the Koch brothers have spent lavishly in such areas as higher education and medical research. One stock [More]

How to address the enigmas of everyday life

Here are some hard questions: Is the value of human life absolute? Should we conform to the prevalent values? The questions are hard because each has reasonable but conflicting answers. When circumstances force us to face them, we are ambivalent. We realize that there are compelling reasons for both of the conflicting answers. This is not an abstract problem, but a predicament we encounter when we have to make difficult decisions whose consequences affect how we live, our relationships, and our attitude to the society in which we live. The post How to address the enigmas of everyday life appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesOur souls make us who we arePhilosopher of the Month – A 2019 ReviewHow hip hop and diplomacy made an unlikely [More]

Les Gilets Jaunes and the Hierarchy of Environmental Needs

"France is in flames" writes Alexander Finer in this article about Les Gilets Jaunes or "Yellow Vests" protests. Finer argues that the root of the controversy partly lies in a lack of awareness on the part of the French government to recognize how certain policies affect the ability of vulnerable parts of the population to meet basic felt needs. He roots his argument in Maslow's hierarchy which, he believes, can help us better understand what is fueling the discord as well as be used to facilitate a solution. [More]

Taming the Beast: Building Self-regulating AI

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days–at least among the tech Illuminati. The attitude among the general population on the other hand seems to range from indifference, to fear, to outright antagonism. One of the big concerns many people share is the worry that AI systems will become too powerful and grow beyond the ability of their creators to manage and control. Is there a solution? [More]

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