Everybody wrestles with questions about ethics. Some of those questions are easy to figure out. Should I murder someone? No! But other questions are more difficult to answer. Examining Ethics doesn’t provide answers to these ethical dilemmas, but instead leaves listeners with tools and ideas from some of the biggest names in moral philosophy and ethics. Academic philosophy and ethics can sometimes be difficult to understand, and our accessible, open-minded content bridges the gap between scholars and everyone else.
Thinking While Walking with Martin Bunzl
Nature has always fascinated the philosopher Martin Bunzl. For him, this spectacular setting proved to be fertile ground for reflecting on philosophical puzzles and questions about nature and ethics.
Just Immigration with Allison Wolf
On this episode of Examining Ethics, the philosopher Allison Wolf explains how feminism, and its focus on oppression, sheds light on immigration injustice.
Naomi Zack: Government Should Be Boring
The subject of identity politics is part of a constellation of heated issues in the United States. Politics in general has been fraught with conflict in the last decade or so. Naomi Zack, professor of...
Civil Disobedience with Candice Delmas
Civil disobedience is an inherently tricky moral issue. It involves intentionally breaking laws, and purposefully upsetting norms. Candice Delmas, professor of philosophy and political science at Northeastern University, is on the show to help us...
The Ethics of Love with Ashley C. Ford
Ashley C. Ford is a prolific writer who covers a lot of subjects. Some of her most compelling writing is about the ethics of love. In the fall of 2019, we sat down together to...
A Spirit of Care with Maurice Hamington
Portland State University professor of philosophy Maurice Hamington explains the basics of care ethics on today's episode of Examining Ethics.
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M.Cherry Ep26 - Equating Failure To Persuade As Disempowerment
The power of Cherry’s argument is its insistence upon the moral autonomy of victims.
Its flaw lies in the presumption that the offer of a moral exemplar undermines that autonomy.
If an exemplar is persuasive, it becomes so precisely because of the victim’s moral agency in evaluating that offer. If it is not, the victim’s evaluation is what makes it so.
Honoring victims requires assuming their dignity and self-determination as individuals. Suggesting their will and reasoning are canceled by the mere offer of an exemplar achieves precisely the opposite.
One simply cannot argue concurrently that victims both have moral capacity and lack it. Finding a way to eliminate that contradiction will only strengthen this compelling work.