Is it possible both to embrace the free market and to defend fairness? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Tomasi argues that economic freedom and fairness are compatible and that social justice involves respecting both.
Why do many of use feel that there is something more culpable about a drunk driver who happens to kill someone accidentally on the way home than one who, though equally drunk, manages to get home without incident? Fiery Cushman, a psychologist, has done some fascinating research on the phenomenon of moral luck. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he sets out his explanation of why outcomes agents' control function as they do in relation to culpability and punishment.
How much should we trust medical experts? Do we really need to give consent for every medical procedure? Onora O'Neill investigates questions about trust in relation to medicine in this episode of Philosophy Bites (originally released on Bioethics Bites which is made in association with the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust).
Recent research in neuroscience following on from the pioneering work of Benjamin Libet seems to point to the disconcerting conclusion that free will is an illusion. Adina Roskies of Dartmouth College is not convinced that this conclusion follows. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explains to David Edmonds why the conclusion that free will is an illusion is far stronger than the evidence warrants.
How should doctors, patients and families make end of life decisions? In this episode, originally recorded as part of Bioethics Bites, Peter Singer addresses this question from a utilitarian perspective, stressing the importance individual autonomy. Bioethics Bites is made in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.