(This essay was reprinted in Critical Perspectives on Abortion (Analyzing the Issues), Anne C. Cunningham, ed., Enslow Publishing 2017, and first appeared on this blog some years ago.) Abortion continues to make political news, but a question rarely asked by politicians or other interlocutors is: what do professional ethicists think about abortion? If ethicists have reached a consensus about the morality … Continue reading The Forthcoming Abortion Decision
(Humphrey Bogart): A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature. (Katherine Hepburn): Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. ~ The African Queen (1951) Which is more natural for human beings, monogamy1 or polygamy? If one is more natural, does that … Continue reading Monogamy or Polygamy?
THE PAST We are connected with the distant past and the faraway future. The atoms in our body, all cooked inside ancient stars, link us back to the beginnings of time;
Robots revolt in R.U.R., a 1920 play. Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff penned an article that went viral a few years ago, “Survival of the Richest.” It outlines how the super-wealthy are preparing for doomsday. Here is a recap followed by a brief commentary. Rushkoff was invited to deliver a speech for an unusually large fee, … Continue reading Will The Wealthy Leave Us All Behind?
Bryan Magee (1930 – 2019) has had a multifaceted career as a professor of philosophy, music and theater critic, BBC broadcaster, public intellectual, and member of Parliament. He has starred in two acclaimed television series about philosophy: