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SPOTLIGHT

Euthanasia, or Mercy Killing

April 18th, 2019|

Nathan Nobis from 1000-Word Philosophy examines the arguments pertaining to the difficult issue of euthanasia.

Sadly, there are people in very bad medical conditions who want to die. They are in pain, they are suffering, and they no longer find their quality of life to be at an acceptable level anymore.

When people like this are kept alive by machines or other medical treatments, can it be morally permissible to let them die?

Advocates of “passive euthanasia” argue that it can be. Their reasons, however, suggest that it can sometimes be not wrong to actively kill some patients, i.e., that “active euthanasia” can be permissible also.[1] This essay reviews these arguments. (more…)

Dr. Michael Shermer Brings Science to the People

April 4th, 2019|

Journey2Psychology, a project by: Dr. Michael Gordon
Mike Gordon is travelling across the world to converse with influential psychologists and discover the stories behind their work.
This journey will form the basis of a book from Political Animal Press
Follow Dr. Gordon’s travels in full at Journey2Psychology

The goal of this Journey2Psychology project has been to capture conversations with influential Psychologists — those who have contributed scholarship, ideas, and activities that have helped to develop the field as it currently stands. From that perspective Dr. Michael Shermer, Founder of Skeptic magazine, is both ideal and curious as an important part of this project. As a writer and public figure he has consistently brought psychology and related sciences into the public forum. His books, his podcast (Science Salon) and, of course, Skeptic magazine have been used to serve up big, complex ideas relating to evolution, neuroscience, religious belief, morality, and much more, to public discourse. Whatever Psychology is, writ large, Dr. Shermer built a pulpit and sought to bring the evidence and its interpretations to the betterment of society. We can and should do better because of advancements in scientific knowledge and understanding; we are capable of being better because Dr. Shermer and others have engaged people to think more critically, to evaluate evidence more effectively, to challenge and grow our intellectual understanding more broadly.

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JUSTICE

Social Contract Theory

By |February 1st, 2019|0 Comments

When you make an agreement of some significance (e.g., to rent an apartment, or join a gym, or divorce), you typically agree to certain terms: you sign a contract. This is for your benefit, and for the the other party’s benefit: everyone’s expectations are clear, as are the consequences of failing to meet those expectations.

Plato’s Crito: When should we break the law?

By |January 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Plato’s Crito describes a conversation that takes place in 399 B.C.E. in an Athens prison, where Socrates awaits execution.Not long before, an assembly of more than 500 Athenian citizens convicted Socrates of corrupting the youth and impiety, essentially failing to respect the gods of the city.

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ARTS & LETTERS

Stoicism & the Destruction of Man

By |January 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Recently, the American Psychological Association (APA) took aim at “traditional masculinity” by, amongst other things, criticizing “stoicism” as one of its problematic characteristics (APA Guidelines 11). But the essence of stoicism, and our understanding of it, stems from a philosophy that is meant to allow the individual to reach their full potential as a human.

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