Practical Ethics Bites is a series of audio podcasts on practical ethics targeted specifically at pupils studying philosophy in UK schools. It is produced by the team behind the popular podcast Philosophy Bites, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites has had over 21 million downloads. David Edmonds is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and all the interviewees are academics linked to the Uehiro Centre. The series aims to be a free educational resource for teachers. Each interview is around 20 minutes long.
Can you choose to be gay?
Brian Earp discusses the ethics of sexual orientation. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
The ethics of sexuality
Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards argues that homosexuality is natural, and that what is natural can be neither good nor bad.
Should we allow genetic engineering on embryos?
Does a human embryo have moral status? Tom Douglas explores the ethical issues surrounding genetic research on developing embryos.
Is there such a thing as a just war?
Is an ethical war a paradoxical notion? If violence is almost always unacceptable, how can we justify acts of war?
The rights and wrongs of abortion
Rebecca Roache discusses the conflicting rights and interests of both foetus and mother.
Choosing the sex of your child
Is sex-selection harmful or injust? Julian Savulescu outlines four methods used in sex-selection and explores the ethical issues surrounding each. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
I’ve been investigating ethics, and was interested in the choosing to be gay episode. Although I couldn’t describe the difference between ethics and philosophy, but this seems more like a philosophical discussion. Maybe the hosts not knowing the difference either is why this Podcast died.