Most of us are faced with ethical decisions on a regular basis. Some are relatively minor – perhaps your cousin makes a new recipe and it really doesn’t taste good, and you have to decide whether to tell the truth or a little white lie so as not to hurt her feelings

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How Utilitarian Are You?

January 12, 2018

Utilitarianism is one of the oldest and most influential theories about what the right thing to do is. It says that the right act is the one which has the best consequences. In the first formulation by Jeremy Bentham, hedonistic utilitarianism, the right act is the one which maximises happiness and minimises suffering. How Utilitarian are you?

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Don’t kill humans. Reuters reports that autonomous-car software must be “programmed to avoid injury or death of people at all cost.” It overcomes any further questions about whether one life is more important than another by adding that vehicles must be blind to the age, gender, or physical condition of people involved in any accident

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Twenty Questions

July 6, 2017

In the first of this new series for the journal, Peter Singer responds to questions from the editors and Theron Pummer

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Impositions upon the agency of individuals are generally suspect, but they become even more morally perilous when that imposition is being justified as necessary medical care

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