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The Hidden Goods of 2015

Published 07.01.2016
PRINCETON – If we were to judge the state of the world by the news headlines, 2015 was the year of Islamist terror, especially in Paris. It began with the massacre at Charlie Hebdo and included the much deadlier November 13 shootings in the...

Volkswagen and the Future of Honesty

Published 07.10.2015
PRINCETON – If you used the term “business ethics” in the 1970s, when the field was just starting to develop, a common response was: “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” That quip would often be followed by a recitation of Milton Friedman’s famous dictum...

Escaping the Refugee Crisis

Published 01.09.2015
PRINCETON – In July, the number of migrants reaching the borders of the European Union passed 100,000 – the third consecutive month in which a new record was set. In one week in August, 21,000 migrants arrived in Greece. Tourists complained that...

Bentham’s Fallacies, Then and Now

Published 13.08.2015
MELBOURNE – In 1809, Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, set to work on The Book of Fallacies. His goal was to expose the fallacious arguments used to block reforms like the abolition of “rotten boroughs” – electorates with so few...

Reconsidering Man’s Dominion

Published 14.07.2015
"Mainstream Christian thinking about animals is rooted in the Book of Genesis, where God is said to have granted man dominion over all the animals…… Francis has now come down decisively against the mainstream view, saying that Christians "have...

The Ethics of Fighting Ebola

Published 13.11.2014
PRINCETON – It may, in the end, turn out to be fortunate that a handful of people in developed countries – four in the United States and one in Spain – have contracted Ebola . Tragic as this was for Thomas Duncan, the only one of these patients...

Choosing Death

Published 09.09.2014
PRINCETON – “I will take my life today around noon. It is time.” With these words, posted online, Gillian Bennett, an 85-year-old New Zealander living in Canada, began her explanation of her decision to end her life. Bennett had known for three...

Ethics in Gaza

Published 04.08.2014
MELBOURNE – Is Israel’s military action in Gaza morally defensible? Different answers to that question are possible. Some depend on answers to prior questions about the founding of the state of Israel, the circumstances that led to many...

Is Citizenship a Right?

Published 06.05.2014
MELBOURNE – Should your government be able to take away your citizenship? In the United Kingdom, the government has had the legal authority to revoke naturalized Britons’ citizenship since 1918. But, until the terrorist bombings on the London...

Philosophy on Top

Published 09.04.2014
MELBOURNE – Last year, a report from Harvard University set off alarm bells, because it showed that the proportion of students in the United States completing bachelor’s degrees in the humanities fell from 14% to 7%. Even elite universities like...

The Last Laugh in Ukraine

Published 27.02.2014
MELBOURNE – Last year, when Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski went to Kyiv for talks, his Ukrainian counterparts reportedly laughed at him because he was wearing a cheap Japanese watch. Several Ukrainian ministers had watches that cost...

A Clear Case for Golden Rice

Published 18.02.2014
MELBOURNE – Greenpeace, the global environmental NGO, typically leads protests. Last month, it became the target. Patrick Moore, a spokesperson for the protesters – and himself an early Greenpeace member – accused the organization of complicity...

A Statue for Stalin?

Published 09.01.2014
PRINCETON – Hitler and Stalin were ruthless dictators who committed murder on a vast scale. But, while it is impossible to imagine a Hitler statue in Berlin, or anywhere else in Germany, statues of Stalin have been restored in towns across...

The Founding Fathers’ Fiscal Crisis

Published 04.10.2013
PRINCETON – Americans are fond of speaking in reverential tones about “the wisdom of the Founding Fathers” – that is, the men who wrote the United States Constitution. But the manner in which the House of Representatives has been able to bring...

Dethroning King Coal

Published 07.08.2013
MELBOURNE – Earlier this year, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm) . The last time there was that much CO2 in our atmosphere was three million years ago, when sea levels were 24 meters higher...