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I know I live in a city that has a relatively low median income (Everett,WA). Maybe it’s also because I take public transportation. Whatever the reason, the number of young homeless I see in this community is striking. 82 more words


The Problem of Repentance (Yom Kippur)

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 edition of Kol HaMevaser: The Jewish Thought Magazine of Yeshiva University. Thank you to the editors for their helpful comments and suggestions! 2,173 more words


Consequentialism for Idiots

(This is fifth part of the ‘From Neural Is to Moral Ought’ series of talks.)

20: Deontology for Idiots

As previously stated, ‘normative ethics’ is that sub-division of ethics that asks what is the right (and wrong) way for people to act and there are three major moral theories within normative ethics: 3,095 more words

Death Penalty: Views on morality and reform

“I just don’t see the sense of killing people to say that killing people’s wrong.” -Dead Man Walking (1995)

My Philosophy and Social Ethics class is discussing the death penalty this week. 696 more words


Teleological and Deontological Conceptions of Civilization


Teleology and Deontology

In moral theory we distinguish between teleological ethical systems and deontological ethical systems. Teleological ethics (also called consequentialism, in reference to… 2,872 more words


Preventing Suffering and the Abolition of Predators

The principle that we should always act to prevent suffering seems intuitive as it seems that a world without needless suffering would be far better than one in which suffering occurred regularly. 980 more words

The Essence of Ethics

Before delving into major ethical issues, there is  one question that may be critical to exploring the topic. Indeed, the question is “whence are ethics derived?”.  848 more words