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Fresh AiR – Season 2 – Ethics and Morality

Wow, what a season that was. We’ve discussed personhood, morality, moral theories, Nietzsche’s critique of morality, free will, a conversation about objective vs subjective morality, ethics in politics, etc. The Fresh AiR Crew Hosts / Co-hosts Davidian/Joe Joe has continued to ask a number of questions that have left the guys wondering if he really is a thick as he seems. They have to allow him to be there though, otherwise, there isn’t anyone to do the production or hosting….


Justice – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C04

What is Justice? (e.g. is it simply fairness?) Cardinal Virtue / First Virtue of Social institutions Kantian Justice – The preservation of human dignity, respecting a person as ends in themselves rather than a means to an end. Rawlsian Justice (aka Distributive Justice) – The fair and equal distribution of goodsThis includes more than just physical goods Rights Protections Education Platonic Justice – The idea that three parts of society, workers, leaders, guardians, work together in order to produce a…


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…


Virtue Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C10

What is Virtue Ethics? Tonight we discuss virtue ethics, covering topics like: What is a virtue? Which virtue is the most important? How do we apply virtues? If you apply one virtue too much, e.g. bravery, are you still brave, or do you become stupid? And of course we segue into a number of topics inclusive of: Drugs Porn Cosplay Power Further Reading Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Virtue EthicsStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Aristotle’s EthicsStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Moral CharacterInternet Encyclopedia…


Divine Command Theory – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C09

What is Divine Command Theory? This is generally applied to the Abrahamic god speaking of Judeo-Christian morality but could technically be applied to any set of rules or morals that come from a Divine being. One of the key problems with DCT is that for it to be valid we need to prove that deity actually existed and set those rules. With the fact many rules might contradict each other, seem against the deities claimed character, are so open to…


Rule Utilitarianism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C08

What is Rule Utilitarianism? Rule Utilitarianism is just like Act Utilitarianism but with a twist. It is deontological. That means that following the rules are what is important regardless of the consequences. So why is a typically consequentialist brand, utilitarianism, under the banner of deontology? How does that work? What are the differences? Find Out, Listen NOW! Further Reading Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Rule ConsequentialismWikipedia: Rule UtilitarianismInternet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Utilitarianism, Act and Rule Martin, R. (2008) ‘Two Concepts of…


Kantianism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C07

What is Kantianism? Kantianism or Kantian Ethics is the moral theory coined by Immanuel Kant. It is our first deontological moral theory, but it is not absolutely deontological as it builds its rules based on absolute consequences. e.g. if everyone stole from everyone, if everyone lied all the time, if everyone killed, if everyone raped etc. So how does this stand up to scrutiny? How would a Kantian answer some of the moral dilemmas? Find Out tonight! Further Reading Stanford…


Welfarism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C06

What is Welfarism? Welfarism is our next consequentialist moral theory, following on from last week’s Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism. Welfarism is our last consequentialist moral theory in the series, but how does it differ from the others? What are its strengths and weaknesses? What else do we need to know about it? Find out tonight on Fresh AiR! Further Reading Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Consequentialism’ Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Welfarism’, Well-BeingBlackburn, S. (2003) Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, Oxford University…


Hedonism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C03

Hedonism? That’s Just About Feeling Good Right? Tonight we kick off our look into individual moral theories. We start down a path of consequentialist moral theories with hedonism. But what is hedonism? Is hedonism simply about feeling good? How could that have anything to do with morality? Are there different forms of Hedonism? Listen in to find out! Further ReadingBarber, A. (2011) ‘Hedonism and the Experience Machine’, Philosophical Papers, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp.257-278Crisp, R. (2006) ‘Hedonism reconsidered’, Philosophy and…


COVID 19 – Fresh AiR Special

COVID 19 – The Pandemic Tonight we bring you the first Fresh AiR Special discussing the COVID 19 pandemic. We recorded this on the 1st of April and wanted to get it to you as soon as possible, so my apologies for this not being as polished as our usual podcasts. Our discussion included Our initial thoughts and reactions. The Behaviour of the average person through all of this People not observing social distancing People not adhering to lockdown –…