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  • Moral Apes, Human Uniqueness, and the Image of God (2009)

    By Oliver Putz Recent advances in evolutionary biology and ethology suggest that humans are not the only species capable of empathy and possibly morality, suggesting that the concept of the imago Dei could be extended to accommodate moral species other than our own. Read the article . Image from Flickr...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Education in the Virtues: Tragic Emotions and the Artistic Imagination (2009)

    By Derek L Penwell The profoundly thoughtful—not to mention extensive—character of the scholarship historically applied to the nature of the difference between Plato and Aristotle on the issue of the tragic emotions raises the obvious question: What new is there left to say? In this article I seek to...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • We have never been postmodern: Latour, Foucault and the material of knowledge (2009)

    Susan Hekman In We Have Never Been Modern Bruno Latour challenges the intellectual community to find an alternative to modernism that does not privilege either the discursive or the material in the construction of knowledge. A central aspect of his thesis is the rejection of postmodernism as a version...
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  • Is Moral Theory Harmful in Practice?—Relocating Anti-theory in Contemporary Ethics (2009)

    Nora Hämäläinen In this paper I discuss the viability of the claim that at least some forms of moral theory are harmful for sound moral thought and practice. This claim was put forward by e.g. Elisabeth Anscombe (1981(1958)) and by Annette Baier, Peter Winch, D.Z Phillips and Bernard Williams in the...
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  • How Ethical Theory Can Improve Practice: Lessons from Abu Ghraib (2009)

    Nancy E. Snow Abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq confront us with the question of how seemingly ordinary soldiers could have perpetrated harms against prisoners. In this essay I argue that a Stoic approach to the virtues can provide a bulwark against the social and personal forces that can lead to abusive...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Responsibility and the Brain Sciences (2009)

    Felipe De Brigard, Eric Mandelbaum, David Ripley Some theorists think that the more we get to know about the neural underpinnings of our behaviors, the less likely we will be to hold people responsible for their actions. This intuition has driven some to suspect that as neuroscience gains insight into...
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  • Moral Testimony and Moral Epistomology (2009)

    Alison Hill I am going to defend pessimism about moral testimony; that is, I am going to argue that there are circumstances in which you have no reason to trust moral testimony (in fact, you have reason not to put your trust in it), even if your interlocutor is reliable and trustworthy regarding the...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Constructive Empiricism and Deflationary Truth (2009)

    Jamin Asay Constructive empiricists claim to offer a reconstruction of the aim and practice of science without adopting all the metaphysical commitments of scientific realism. Deflationists about truth boast of the ability to offer a full account of the nature of truth without adopting the metaphysical...
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  • Virtue Ethics and Deontic Constraints (2009)

    By Mark LeBar "There seems to be an important difference between accounting for the wrongness of a wrong action in terms of its effects on the victim and in terms of its effects on the perpetrator. Some see this difference as the basis for an objection to virtue‐ethical theories, which focus (so...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Skepticism about Character Traits (2009)

    By Gilbert Harman. "The first part of this article discusses recent skepticism about character traits. The second describes various forms of virtue ethics as reactions to such skepticism. The philosopher J.-P. Sartre argued in the 1940s that character traits are pretenses, a view that the sociologist...
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