Tag: moral

Act Utilitarianism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C04

Act Utilitarianism Act Utilitarianism is our next adventure in moral theories. In some respects it is like a form of hedonism (which we discussed last week) but holds some differences too. Further ReadingStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘The History of Utilitarianism’Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy’Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Act and Rule Utilitarianism’Mill, J.S. ([1863]2002) Utilitarianism, London, Hackett Publishing Co Inc….


Introduction to Moral Theories – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C02

Having discussed morality last week, and personhood the week before we have a fair grounding in what the basis of morality is and who/what it applies to. This episode hopes to lay the foundations of moral theories, how they work, what they mean and will enable us to explore the ethical systems in future chapters. What Moral Theories will we Discuss? Consequentialist Deontological Virtue Ethics Moral Subjectivism We also discuss what colour dress Kriss will be wearing at my wedding….


Virtue Ethics: The Super-Man

So I’ve been challenged by our resident virtue ethicist to apply my learnings from our discussions and season 2 of our podcast (which is currently available on our Patreon, and will be released here soon) to consider the perfect human using virtue ethics. If you haven’t listened to the podcast or been following ArificialAgent’s “the life worth living” series virtue ethics is a bit different from other forms of morality. Why is Virtue Ethics Different to other types of Moral…


Fresh AiR – S01:E03 – Morality

Tonight we delve in to Morality, exploring; The Correct Definitions of Subjective and Objective What is meant by Morality, and what its purpose is How we apply morality in a normative sense The difference between normative and descriptive examinations of morality Arguments for and against Subjective morality Articles Related to the Show Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 3 – Subjective / Objective Morals and Morality On Morality – Part 1: Defining our terms On Morality – Part 2: Subjective…


Objective / Subjective – Morals / Morality – Conflated and Misunderstood Terms – Volume 3

This article is to define and discuss objective and subjective, morals and morality. As with any article on AiR we don’t always agree. Where science is concerned and the evidence is irrefutable we of course accept and believe it to be true. When it is opinion or something philosophical we may have differences. As such I am glad we have a philosophy masters student in our midst. He has helped me bridge the gap between some ideas and misconceptions I…


The significance of ethical consideration in politics.

In this day and age, where war, fear and hatred are so abundantly present, we encounter more and more fellow human beings who seem ruthlessly pragmatic when it comes to solving world problems. When discussing ISIL, for instance, the comment ‘just nuke ’em’ is far from scarce. Other people, like a prominent businessman and politician speak of ‘killing their families’ and ‘implementing tortures such as waterboarding, even if it doesn’t work.’ These are instances of reactionary rhetoric and gives the…