Category Archives: Philosophy

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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The bitterness of doing nothing

When we should really challenge our own, and other people’s omission bias Biases (cognitive and behavioural tendencies) and heuristics (mental shortcuts) are often associated with bad decisions, but it is worth bearing in mind their evolutionary origins before we label … 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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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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A likely trade-off

(featured image credit: HeungSoon via Pixabay) Probabilities are hard to understand, but some mistakes may not be what they seem Chance is a bit of a slippery concept for many of us. We can grasp that, if we toss a … Continue reading

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The consequences of loyalty

When rules and consequences clash, we had better weigh up carefully what matters most When a pandemic is wreaking havoc, and many hundreds of people are killed by a virus every day, it is important that the population as a … Continue reading

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On viruses and trolleys

(featured image: NIAID CC BY and withvengeance86 CC BY) We can catch a virus on a trolley, but there is another connection – or why we sometimes must think the unthinkable The coronavirus, in the meantime rechristened COVID-19 by the … Continue reading

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Festive (behavioural) conversation tips

(featured image: Michael L CC BY) How to avoid awkward silences and uncivilized exchanges around the festive table Chances are that you will either be hosting, or a guest at, a mega dinner party in the next few days. Yes, … Continue reading

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