Sunday, October 11, 2015Episode 54: The Ethics of Gun Control
Today the Project is joined by guest Andrew Arkis as Norm closes out the Ethics CourseSeries with a discussion on Gun Control. What does the 2nd Amendment really say? What is a fundamental right? And do we really want laser eyes? Trigger warning, you’re entering Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can […]
Tuesday, May 26, 2015Episode 51: The War on Drugs
Today the Project welcomes a special guest to take a look at the ethics of the War on Drugs. What is paternalism? What are the costs of preventing people from getting high? Should we even be fighting this “war”? Turn on, tune in, drop out in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources […]
Saturday, October 18, 2014Episode 47: Social Contract Part II
The Project returns from a short break! Today Norm bites the bullet and takes us on an in depth look at the major criticisms for Social Contract to see if this moral theory can truly weather the storm . Will Brittny be convinced? Would Nick destroy all life on the Earth? And what does Chalmer have against children? The […]
Saturday, February 1, 2014Episode 29: Applied Ethics & World Poverty
It’s a dark day in the War Room, as Norm leads us through two thought provoking articles on world poverty. We start with the bleak, and move to the utilitarian. Hardin puts us in lifeboats, Singer saves a drowning child, and the Ukraine is weak in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources […]
Wednesday, January 1, 2014Episode 28: Animal Rights & Utilitarianism
In this episode, Norm puts on his Peter Singer hat to tell us about animal rights. What is the BPE? Do utilitarians get to eat meat? And can Nick say anthropomorphism? Join us as we talk to the animals in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can […]
Tuesday, March 12, 2013Episode 19: Hume’s Emotivism
In this episode we take a journey back into the Corner to discuss the Passion of David Hume, his ethical theory of emotivism. How do we know what we know? Do morals even exist? Where are they? This episode of Norm’s Conceptual Corner has something for everyone; ice cream, beer, sociopaths, and Nick’s unrelenting quest to turn everything into a movie reference. Can we reason our way out of this one, or ought we not?
Sunday, August 14, 2011Episode 4: Theorizing About Ethics
In which your lovers of wisdom prepare to set sail on the sea of ethics, on a quest to find a plausible moral theory. But first… what is ethics? And how does one think about it? What exactly do philosophers do? Follow along with Norm, and his two volunteered “students”, as they attempt to lay the groundwork and objectives for this course.