Category: Morality

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11/04/10

Permalink 11:33:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 683 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Is Euthanasia Morally Acceptable?

Probably most of us have had experiences with friends or relatives who suffered greatly towards the end of their lives. Some of you reading this may even have loved ones who are terminally ill and forced to endure significant and unrelenting pain. There… more »
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10/28/10

Permalink 11:22:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 654 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Is Capital Punishment ever Justified?

A few weeks ago I made the case for people having natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This essentially means that it is morally wrong to infringe upon other people's life (to murder someone), or to unnecessarily infringe upon a… more »
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10/13/10

Permalink 11:20:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1215 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Is Abortion about the Right to Choose or is it Murder?

I wrote a few weeks ago my case for the natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a quite popular belief – most people I know seem to agree that these are natural rights. But my own case, as outlined in the previous post, is… more »
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09/23/10

Permalink 11:12:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 729 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

When Rights Conflict

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post explaining why I believe people have natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. More recently, I wrote a post explaining why I don't believe that these rights extend to animals. Now, I just want to reit… more »
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09/02/10

Permalink 11:09:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1206 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Do Animals have Rights?

Three weeks ago, I made a case for the natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What this means is that it is morally right for us all to 1) respect other's choices in what to do in their life 2) treat others as you would want to be… more »
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08/11/10

Permalink 10:57:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1393 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

The Natural Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

This post continues the series where I take a look at popular ethical theories to see how reasonable they are. Today's subject is rights-based ethical theory, in which goodness is defined as respecting a being's rights while violating a being's rights i… more »
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07/22/10

Permalink 10:54:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1094 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Utilitarian Ethics

This post continues the series where I take a look at popular ethical theories to see how reasonable they are. Today's subject is utilitarianism, under which goodness is thought to more or less be the same thing as pure happiness, pleasure, or some othe… more »
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06/10/10

Permalink 10:46:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 763 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Virtue Ethics

In an earlier post I argued that duty ethics, the kind that the famous philosopher Immanuel Kant advocated, are neither objectively true nor perfectly rational, as Kant argued. It is simply not justifiable, the idea that it is simply one's duty to act a… more »
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05/19/10

Permalink 10:39:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 810 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Duty Ethics

A while back I wrote about the difficulty of trying to formulate a theory of ethics that is objective. I argued that this is not possible for normative ethics. In other words, if ethics are supposed to be true regardless of anyone's point of view and no… more »
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04/29/10

Permalink 10:24:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1168 words   English (US)
Categories: Morality

Can Ethics be Objective?

One component of rational thinking is a sense of right and wrong. Nearly everyone should have some idea that certain actions or states of affairs are better than others. Similarly, nearly everyone should have an understanding of value and some intuitive… more »
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