Tag: Ethics

Artificial Ethics – SciPhi

Artificial Ethics We venture into the world of AI and consider the ethical implications and applications. Will our future overlords be moral and just? We will be considering how morality is used in the automated world from now and into the future, looking at various thought experiments, and pondering ethical culpability and responsibility when things go wrong! Topics Our topics on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics will include (but not be limited to) What do we mean by Morality (short version,…


Moral Particularism & Value Pluralism

Moral Particularism and Value Pluralism Do particular circumstances affect the moral value of an action? Are there multiple values to assess when looking at moral judgements? Are there any particular standards we should base morality on or is it just what we feel is right at the time? [email protected], @trolleydave and @davidian for tonight’s ethical discussion in which we explore moral particularism and value pluralism. Moral Particularism and Value Pluralism – The Video This podcast was origionally a live video…


Objective Morality? Be Real(ist) – SciPhi

Moral Realism Moral Realism states that there are some moral truths that are agent independent. Whilst not all moral judgements are necessarily objective, some are, at least under moral realism. We explore if morality can indeed be objective as well as answering questions and statements about moral relativism, subjectivism, and discussing truth-apt statements. Objective Morality!? Be Ral(ist)! – The Video Our SciPhi Podcasts are usually live YouTube Streams. If you prefer to watch rather than listen, here’s the video:…


The Problem of Dirty Hands – SciPhi

What is ‘The Problem of Dirty Hands’? We discuss the problem of dirty hands, no, not the german porn star. We question if it is possible to do the “right thing” by doing the “wrong thing”? We also question if that makes the “wrong thing” a “moral action”. If you hadn’t guessed ‘Dirty Hands’ is a term used in Ethics. We discuss the problem of dirty hands through the lens of a few different moral theories, and if it even…


The Problem with Consequentialism

Consequentialist moral theories, like utilitarianism, are quick and easy to use, like using fingers in the air to gauge the direction of the breeze, but they are not without fault. In this post, I hope to demonstrate the issues with consequentialist moral theories. What is Consequentialism? Consequentialism, as its name suggests, is simply the view that normative properties depend only on consequences. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consequentialism/ Simply put, the consequences of an action decide if it is moral (good), immoral (bad), or amoral…


Morality and Misconceptions – SciPhi: 018 [Video]

Morality and Misconceptions Morality is a complex topic often discussed on the internet. There are a number of misconceptions surrounding it and as such, I created some “cards” for quick reference based on a number of learnings from a variety of sources and moral theories. W e will be leaning on a number of things we learned from Season 2 of Fresh AiR. As well as leaning on: Does Morality Have a Purpose? On Value Is Value Entirely Subjective? Morality,…


Aristotelian Virtue Ethics – AiR SciPhi 010 [Video]

Having covered virtue ethics briefly in Season 2 of the Fresh AiR podcast, we thought we would take a closer look at Aristotelian Virtue Ethics tonight. Virtue Ethics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Virtue Ethics | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Virtue ethics – Wikipedia…


The Evidence – The NonSequitur Court Proceedings: Part 2

Introduction In part one, there was a brief summary which depicted the timeline of events regarding the court proceedings between Kyle R. Curtis and Steven McRae. Within these proceedings, evidence has been put forth by both parties in an attempt to support their arguments. During the deposition, there are several references made to the evidence brought forward by Mr. Curtis. It is for this reason, I wanted to give the readers an insight as to what the evidence was and…


Obligation – Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C02

Obligation – Political Philosophy Chapter 2 We continue our second multi-chapter epiosode with a walk down Obligation. At the start we say we are going to be covering legitimacy and obligation, however we ran out of time, so will be covering off legitimacy next week. So what’s in this weeks episode? The key aspects, but not the entite conversation, includes: What is Obligation? Obligation, in the simplest terms, is an act or course of action to which a person is…


An Intro to Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C01

What is Political Ethics? We ask the question tonight, ‘What is Political Ethics’ and discuss topics such as: Why is Morality important (to all parties) Legitimacy (covered in a later chapter) Perception of Voters Do all parties act in accordance with their moral compass at all times? We also cover off our what chapters to expect in the future, which includes: Obligation Legitimacy Justice Freedom Legislation Ideologies…