It is now possible to use genetic medicine to enhance athletes' performance. But should we permit this? Michael Sandel, author of The Case Against Perfection, thinks not. He explains why in this week's episode of Ethics Bites, the 14-part Open University funded offspring of Philosophy Bites.
We often blame people for what they do or fail to do. But that implies
that they were free to choose whether or not to act in the way they
did. At the same time science seems to reveal prior causes of all our
actions. There seems little or no room for free will. In this episode
of Philosophy BitesThomas Pink, author of Free Will: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the Free Will Problem and outlines his own approach to it.
Is there enough in common between all human beings to warrant a universal ethical system? Can we be both citizens of the world and yet at the same time preserve what makes us different from each other? Anthony Appiah is not afraid of some of the toughest ethical issues that face us. In this interview for Philosophy Bites he defends what he has labelled 'Cosmopolitanism' an ethical position he has developed in greater detail in his book of the same name.
Anthony Grayling, author of a recent biography of René Descartes, explores Descartes' Cogito argument, the pivotal argument of the Meditations, in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
Does anyone have a right to have a baby? What are acceptable criteria for determining who should have access to in vitro fertilization? Mary Warnock, a philosopher and member of the House of Lords, discusses these topics in the second episode of Ethics Bites. Ethics Bites is sponsored by the Open University and available from www.open2.net. It is now also available from the 'Philosophy' section of iTunes which is a subsection of 'Society and Culture' in 'Podcasts'. Listen to Mary Warnock on The Right to Have Babies