Philosophers Take on the World

ISBN : 9780198753728

David Edmonds
272 ページ
144 x 222 mm

Every day the news shows us provoking stories about what's going on in the world, about events which raise moral questions and problems. In Philosophers Take On the World a team of philosophers get to grips with a variety of these controversial issues, from the amusing to the shocking, in short, engaging, often controversial pieces. Covering topics from guns to abortion, the morality of drinking alone, hating a sports team, and being rude to cold callers, the essays will make you think again about the judgements we make on a daily basis and the ways in which we choose to conduct our lives. Philosophers Take On the World is based on the blog run by the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, one of the world's leading centres for applied ethics.


Crime and Punishment
1 Anders Herlitz: Time to Reconsider the Penal Code?
2 Rebecca Roache: Enhanced Punishment
3 Brian D. Earp: Degrees of Sexual Harm
Terrorism, Guns, and War
4 Jeff McMahan: A Challenge to Gun Rights
5 Allen Buchanan, Lance K. Stell: McMahan's Hazardous (and Irrelevant) Thought Experiment
6 Seth Lazar: Travel, Friends, and Killing
7 Roger Crisp: The Courageous Suicide Bomber?
8 Owen Schaefer: Chemical Weapons: In Defence of Double Standards
9 Cecile Fabre: Looted Artworks: A Portrait of Justice
Health and Medicine
10 Steve Clarke: Homeopathy: An Undiluted Proposal
11 Lachlan de Crespigny and Julian Savulescu: Five Minutes Too Late
12 Tom Douglas: Taking Drugs to Help Others
13 Charles Foster: My Son's Dyslexic And I'm Glad
14 Janet Radcliffe Richards: The Point of Death
15 Lynn Gillam: Is it Ethical to use Data from Nazi Medical Experiments?
16 Jonathan Pugh: Financial Incentives, Coercion, and Psychosis
17 Julian Savulescu: Mr Nicklinson and the Right To Die
Drugs and Organs
18 Dominic Wilkinson: In Praise of Organ-ised sport
19 Janet Radcliffe Richards: Do We Own Our Bodies?
20 Katrien Devolder: Psychiatric Drugs and Religious Norms
Religion and Charity
21 Tony Coady: Catholic Identity and Strong Dissent - How Compatible?
22 William MacAskill: Banking: The Ethical Career Choice?
23 Charles Foster: On Rebuilding Noah's Ark and Drinking Old Burgundy
24 Simon Rippon: Should Conservative Christians be Allowed to Foster Children?
Sex, Sex-equality and Sexuality
25 Brian D. Earp: Can You Be Gay By Choice?
26 Brian D. Earp: Prostitution and Disability
27 Chris Gyngell: Artificial Wombs and a visit to Birland
28 Rebecca Roache: Is Unwanted Pregnancy A Medical Disorder?
29 Simon Rippon: Is Half An Abortion Worse than a Whole One?
30 Dominic Wilkinson: Nick-less?
31 Kyle T. Edwards: Paedophilia and Predisposition
32 Ole Martin Moen: Checking People Out
33 David Edmonds: Female Philosophers and Sexual Harassment
34 Hilary Greaves: An Unfortunate State of Affairs
35 Joshua Shepherd: The Morality of Sport Hatred
36 Julian Savulescu: Doping: When Will We Learn?
37 David Edmonds: Tennis and Sex
38 Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: My Brain Made Me Do It - So What?
39 Simon Rippon: My Client's Brain is to Blame
40 Regina Rini: Mapping Brains and Finding Direction
Language, Speech and Freedom
41 Peter Singer: Countering Islam extremism
42 Neil Levy: Disabling Language
43 Kei Hiruta: Stop Orientalism?
44 Roger Crisp: The Naked Truth
45 Kyle T. Edwards: Porn, Condoms, and Liberty
46 Jim A.C. Everett: Should Men Be Allowed to Discuss Abortion?
Evil, Disgust, Shame, Rudeness, and Joy
47 Regina Rini: A Reflection on Confronting Evil
48 Andreas Kappes: Shame about the Internet
49 Rebecca Roache and Hannah Maslen: In Defence of Drinking Alone
50 David Edmonds: Lady Thatcher is Dead: Pop Open The Champagne
51 Anders Sandberg: Steamy Calamari and Trans-species Eroticism
52 Anders Sandberg: Nothing is like Mother's Ice Cream
53 Hannah Maslen: Rudeness and Cold Callers
54 Christine Korsgaard: Treated Like Animals
55 Russell Powell: What is a Pet Worth?
56 Michelle Hutchinson: The Best Idea You've Heard All Year
The Future and its People
57 Stuart Armstrong: Enlightened Surveillance
58 James Williams: Why It's OK to Block Ads
59 Sean O hEigeartaigh: Would You Hand Over A Decision To Machines?
60 Matthew Liao, Anders Sandberg, Julian Savulescu: Should We Be Erasing Memories
61 Theron Plummer: Adding Happy People
62 Guy Kahane: The Pregnant Man and Other Conceptual Surprises


David Edmonds is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is also an award winning documentary maker for BBC radio. He is the author co-author or editor of 10 books which have been translated into 25 languages. They include, with John Eidinow, the international bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker. His latest book, Would You Kill the Fat Man was picked as Editor's Choice in the New York Times. With Nigel Warburton he co-runs Philosophy Bites (www.philosophybites.com ), the popular philosophy podcast which has had over 29 million downloads.