How should doctors, patients and families make end of life decisions? In this episode, originally recorded as part of Bioethics Bites, Peter Singer addresses this question from a utilitarian perspective, stressing the importance individual autonomy. Bioethics Bites is made in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.
Many questions in practical ethics turn on questions of moral status. In this bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast (originally released on Bioethics Bites), Jeff McMahan explores the issues surrounding the moral status of foetuses, those in persistent vegetative states, and non-human animals. This episode of Philosophy Bites was made in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.
Is consequentialism in ethics a form of moral opportunism? Is torture always wrong? What about punishing the innocent? Philip Pettit, who recently gave the 2011 Uehiro Lectures on 'Robustly Demanding Values', discusses some common criticisms of consequentialism in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast
A new 10-part podcast series, Bio-Ethics Bites, funded by the Wellcome Institute and made in association with the Oxford University Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics has just launched, made by the Philosophy Bites team Daivd Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Interviews with Jeff McMahan and Julian Savulescu are already available, with Peter Singer, Nick Bostrom, Onora O'Neill and others in the pipeline. Episodes will be released monthly.
Human beings don't need to eat meat. But should we? Jeff McMahan thinks that it is obvious that we shouldn't. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses his views with Nigel Warburton.
If someone is shooting at me in a war, surely it is morally acceptable for me to shoot back and kill him or her. Jeff McMahan of Rutgers University, author of a new book on this topic, challenges the view that such killing is always acceptable.
Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel discusses the moral limits of markets in this, the 100th episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Sandel was the BBC 2009 Reith Lecturer. His four Reith Lectures are now available here.
Kate Soper believes that we need to rethink how we live in the light of impending environmental catastrophe. But the unexpected element in her thought is that alternative ways of living can be more enjoyable than consumerism. This leads to her notion of alternative hedonism.