Category Archives: Ethics

Ethical liars

(featured image: Will Temple/Flickr CC BY 2.0) Our morality is not quite so black-and-white as we sometimes like to believe One of my earliest memories, I must have been four or five, is when my mother, to her embarrassment, forgot … Continue reading

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Good people… but not that good

(featured image: User18526052 via Freepik) The good news is that we are prosocial; in other news, it comes with strings and conditions attached Take a look around you. Unless you’re in the middle of a nature reserve, miles from human … Continue reading

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The difference (or why utilitarians have a harder time)

(featured image via the author) What difference does our ethics framework make to anything, and what difference can we ourselves make to anything? It was already past dinner time on this warm late spring day, but my friend and I … Continue reading

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Pricing principles

(featured image: David Trawin/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0) Are our principles absolute and unassailable, or are they for sale? In Florida, the COVID-19 vaccination rate among the staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities is, by any standard, worryingly … Continue reading

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Why rules should not be rulers

(featured image via Pixabay) When we treat rules, however well-intentioned, as unconditional imperatives. we may end up doing more harm than good When I was younger, so much younger than today, I joined the Institute of Advanced Motorists, a British … Continue reading

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Everything is unfair

(featured image: EliasSch via Pixabay) Ethical concerns are an important factor in policymaking, and fairness often figures prominently in this respect. But are we really using it in the way we do? In last week’s post, I referred to the … Continue reading

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Why does favouritism persist?

(featured image: Paul Sableman/Flickr CC BY) We tend to be ambivalent towards preferential treatment – kind of OK when we benefit (or we grant it to others), but dislike it when it’s others who gain. Or is it not that … Continue reading

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The ethics of making it real

(featured image: raj/Flickr CC BY) Drills and exercises can help prepare people and organizations for the unexpected, but the choices of how to do so may involve tough trade-offs with ethical concerns I once had the misfortune of experiencing two … Continue reading

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The elusive equilibrium

The notion of balance is relevant in more than a few ways in our lives. But it is not always easy – or even possible – to establish it. People have been using balance scales for a long time. The … Continue reading

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Drama in ethics, ethics in drama

(featured image: eltio_lewis CC BY 2.0) Good drama is about the vivid, compelling depiction of the characters’ decisions, and the ethical challenges that confront the dramatis personae are an essential ingredient. “Drama is truly compelling when it exposes the raw, … Continue reading

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