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  • Gay Is Good

    By Carlos A. Ball from Huffington Post. "In 1968, the pioneer gay rights activist Frank Kameny coined the phrase "Gay is Good," a slogan that was used with some frequency by gay rights proponents in the years following the Stonewall riots. The slogan, like the phrase "Black is Beautiful"...
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  • Science And Morality: You Can’t Derive 'Ought' From 'Is'

    By Sean Carroll from NPR. "With that in mind, let's think about morality. What would it mean to have a science of morality? I think it would look have to look something like this: Human beings seek to maximize something we choose to call "well-being" or "utility" or "happiness"...
     Posted by: cait
  • Physicists Study How Moral Behaviour Evolved

    By Edwin Cartlidge from Physicsworld.com. "A statistical-physics-based model may shed light on the age-old question "how can morality take root in a world where everyone is out for themselves?" Computer simulations by an international team of scientists suggest that the answer lies in...
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  • The Moral Life of Babies

    By Paul Bloom from The New York Times. "Not long ago, a team of researchers watched a 1-year-old boy take justice into his own hands. The boy had just seen a puppet show in which one puppet played with a ball while interacting with two other puppets. The center puppet would slide the ball to the...
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  • Goldman Sachs Is No Less Moral Than You

    By Charles S. Jacobs from Forbes. "You're standing next to train tracks, and you notice that a runaway train is about to hit five unsuspecting people. You can throw a switch to divert the train onto another track, where it will hit and kill only one person. What do you do? Here's another...
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  • Being Morally Strong Makes You Physically Strong

    By Richard Alleyne "Researchers found that "do-gooders" appear to be naturally stronger than their counterparts and that an act of heroism can actually improve your overall stamina.The findings turn upside down the idea that being altruistic can be detrimental to your own advancement.They...
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  • Science Can Answer Moral Questions

    By Sam Harris "Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life." In this video, Sam Harris discusses...
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  • How Not to Raise a Bully: The Early Roots of Empathy

    By Maia Szalavitz from Time. "Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Over the past decade, research in empathy — the ability to put ourselves in another person's...
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  • Economic Desperation, Reshaping Morality

    By Catherine Rampell from The New York Times. "My colleague Jesse McKinley has a fascinating article today about how legal-marijuana advocates are promoting the fiscal virtues of their cause. Not coincidentally, another banned substance was legalized in the wake of major economic upheaval: alcohol...
     Posted by: cait
  • Are Sperm Donors Really Anonymous Anymore?

    By Rachel Lehmann-Haupt from Slate . "The sperm bank protected his anonymity, just as it promised. But that did not mean he couldn't be found. In an age of sophisticated genetic testing, the concept of anonymity is rapidly fading. With some clever sleuthing—tests that can track down ancestral...
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  • Virtue and Disagreemen (2010)

    By Bridget Clarke "One of the most prominent strands in contemporary work on the virtues consists in the attempt to develop a distinctive—and compelling—account of practical reason on the basis of Aristotle’s ethics. In response to this project, several eminent critics have argued that the Aristotelian...
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  • Moral Motivation Pluralism (2010)

    By Ragnar Francén "Motivational externalists and internalists of various sorts disagree about the circumstances under which it is conceptually possible to have moral opinions but lack moral motivation. Typically, the evidence referred to are intuitions about whether people in certain scenarios who...
    (My publication) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Moral Ideals and Virtue Ethics (2010)

    By Gregory F. Mellema "There have traditionally been two schools of thought regarding moral ideals and their relationship with moral duty. First, many have held that moral agents at all times have a duty or obligation to realize or attain moral ideals, or at least they have a duty to strive to realize...
    (My publication) Posted by: ajstasic
  • Kant's Contribution to Moral Education: The Relevance of Catechistics (2010)

    By Chris W. Surprenant Kant's deontological ethics, along with Aristotle's virtue ethics and Mill's utilitarian ethics, is often identified as one of the three primary moral options between which individuals can choose. Given the importance of Kant's moral philosophy, it is surprising...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Empathy, Perspective Taking And Personal Values As Predictors Of Moral Schemas (2010)

    By Liisa Myyrya, Soile Juujaumlrvi and Kaija Pesso The aim of this study was to clarify the relationships between empathy variables, personal values and moral reasoning. The impact of empathic concern, perspective taking and personal values measured by the Portrait Value Questionnaire on moral schemas...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Levels Of Moralisation: A New Conception Of Moral Sensitivity (2010)

    By Benjamin J. Lovett and Alexander H. Jordan Moral sensitivity has generally been interpreted in a normative sense, as the ability to notice moral features present in a situation. This paper outlines an alternative, descriptive conception of moral sensitivity: the levels of moralisation model. This...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • The Anthropocentric Paradigm and the Posibility of Animal Ethics (2010)

    By Elisa Aaltola Animal ethics has tended to follow an analytical approach and has focused much attention on moral reason and theory. Recently, some have argued this to be a fundamental problem. The 'paradigmatic account' claims that instead of reason and theory, ethics ought to emphasize common...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Biology (2010)

    By Stephen G. Post Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895) delivered his most famous lecture, Evolution and Ethics , in 1893 at Oxford University. It remains one of the most penetrating and original statements on Darwinian thought in relation to the moral life that has ever been written. Specifically, Huxley...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Aquinas on Compassion: Has He Something to Offer Today? (2010)

    By Thomas Ryan 'Compassion’—an engaging yet troublesome word? Recent studies on Thomas Aquinas prompt a reconsideration of the place of compassion as an emotion and a virtue in his treatment of the Christian moral life. Through an analysis of relevant texts in Thomas and in relation to contemporary...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Consumer Identity Work as Moral Protagonism: How Myth and Ideology Animate a Brand‐Mediated Moral Conflict (2010)

    By Marius K. Luedicke, Craig J. Thompson and Markus Giesler Consumer researchers have tended to equate consumer moralism with normative condemnations of mainstream consumer culture. Consequently, little research has investigated the multifaceted forms of identity work that consumers can undertake through...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
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