Catalin Avramescu, from the University of Bucharest, discusses the part played in 17th and 18th century thought by the cannibal. Cannibalism provided a kind of test case for all sorts of natural law theories - it also posed difficulties for those who believed in a literal resurrection of the body after death, since if eaten, then their body parts would have been assimilated into someone else's body.
If someone is shooting at me in a war, surely it is morally acceptable for me to shoot back and kill him or her. Jeff McMahan of Rutgers University, author of a new book on this topic, challenges the view that such killing is always acceptable.
Richard Bradley of the LSE discusses decision theory with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Decisions can be understood as gambles which weight beliefs and desires...This is an insight that we owe in part to F.P. Ramsey (1903-30). Does that mean we all decide in the same way?
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Must politicians occasionally act immorally out of necessity? C.A.J. Coady, author of the recent book Messy Morality, discusses the controversial topic of Dirty Hands in Politics in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Friedrich Nietzsche is famous for many things, including the idea of the Übermensch, The Will to Power and his sceptical beliefs about truth that make him a precursor of much postmodern thinking. But according to Nietzsche expert Brian Leiter (the man behind the Leiter Reports Weblog) close reading of his work tells a different story.
What can you do with Philosophy? John Armstrong thinks you can do quite a lot with it. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, recorded in London at the Royal Society of Arts, he explains what he means by this.