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 […]
Tuesday, February 10, 2015Episode 49: Ethics of Abortion
With Chalmer down for the count, Norm leads a discussion on the difficult topic of abortion. Would you save the violinist? Whose house is this anyways? And is it even possible to take someone’s life? Not every sperm is sacred in Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can be found […]
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 […]
Friday, November 1, 2013Episode 26: Social Contract Part I
Feeling like Life is a little nasty, brutish, and short? The Project has you covered with Norm’s look at Social Contract, our final moral theory of the Ethics Series. What is the “state of nature”? Can you solve the prisoner’s dilemma? Get your 80s movie references ready, it’s tit for tat in this self interested […]
Monday, July 29, 2013Episode 23: Kantian Ethics Part 2
This week it’s deja vu with Kant Part Two. Norm leads us deeper into a game changing moral theory that almost, but not quite, manages to pull the rabbit out of the hat. Stamps are collected, and the French are endangered. It’s just a means to an end in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
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?
Saturday, October 1, 2011Episode 7: Divine Command Theory
Your hosts bring in reinforcements to tackle a divine view on morality. God said it, people believe it, and we’re questioning it. Does this week’s moral theory stand a prayer’s chance? What’s wrong with saying God is good? And can he draw a square triangle? Join us as we spin our wheels trying to explain Divine Command Theory in this holy edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner, with special guest Joel Guttormson!
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.