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Philosophy Talk: Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

1 hour ago

Can we trust an algorithm to make morally responsible driving decisions?


Philosophy Talk: Summer Reading (and Misreading)

Aug 30, 2019

What should you have been be reading this summer—and how should you have been reading it? 


Philosophy Talk: Reading the Troubled Past

Aug 13, 2019

What should we do with literature and philosophy from a discredited moral past?

Philosophy Talk: Extreme Altruism

Dec 7, 2018

What would you give up to help a random stranger?


Philosophy Talk: Moral Luck

Oct 18, 2016

The law treats attempted murder less harshly than murder — does that mean the attempted murderer was lucky to have failed?


Philosophy Talk asks about the moral lives of animals

May 27, 2016

If a lion did a good deed, how would we know? Can animals ever act for moral reasons?


Philosophy Talk asks: When is it wrong to save a life?

May 17, 2016

Would you let one man die to save five children? Would you kill a man to save those five children?


Philosophy Talk asks about the demands of morality

Nov 20, 2015

What does it really mean - in the real world - to lead a moral life?


Philosophy Talk asks: Are some people better than others?

Aug 21, 2015

Should he most gifted among us be held back by the morality of ordinary folk?


Philosophy Talk: Morality in a Godless World

Mar 27, 2015

if God is dead, what makes things immoral?


Philosophy Talk asks: Why be moral?

Jan 16, 2015

Morality tells us how we ought to behave, if we want to do the right thing. But is there a reason why we ought to be moral in the first place? Both Plato and Kant believed that morality is dictated by reason and so a fully rational person is automatically a moral person too. But how can we derive morality from reason? Isn’t it possible to be a rational but amoral or even immoral person?

Global climate change confronts us not only with well-known pragmatic challenges, but also with less commonly acknowledged moral challenges. Who is responsible for responding to environmental catastrophes around the world? What kind of help does the industrialized world owe developing nations? What values should we hold onto, and which must we discard, in response to the changing climate?

Philosophy Talk asks: why do we blame and resent others?

Oct 17, 2014

When someone acts without regard for our feelings or needs, a natural response is to feel resentment toward that person. But is that a rational response? What if there's no such thing as free will? Is blame still appropriate in a deterministic universe? Or are we simply genetically programmed to respond emotionally to perceived injuries? John and Ken talk freely with Pamela Hieronymi from UCLA, author of Reflection and Responsibility.  Philosophy Talk with John Perry and Ken Taylor ~ Sunday, 10/19 at 10 am and Tuesday, 10/21 at 12 noon.

Babies and the Birth of Morality

Sep 11, 2014

Doing the right thing is often an extremely difficult task. Yet psychological research indicates that infants as young as 21 months old have a crude sense of what is right and wrong. This capacity is reflected by infants' decisions to reward or punish characters in social scenarios. But surely a genuine, robust, mature moral compass is much more complicated than that. So what can babies tell us about adult morality? How much of morality is innate, and how much must we develop as moral thinkers?