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Utilitarianism

Who Cares If It Works? Jesus, Torture, and Rectal Hydration

Derek Penwell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Look, I'm not saying you can't be a Christian and support torture. I'm just saying that you're going to have a hard time convincing Jesus that it's a Christianity he would recognize.

Depression, Happiness and the Challenges of Global Peace Work

Marc Gopin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Gopin

I had two revelations recently as I was reading Mill's revolutionary "Essay on Utilitarianism" (1863). An amazing prodigy, Mill was one of the greates...

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

Dirty, Dangerous and Alive: CBGB's Alluring Punk Rock Ethic

Paul Grenier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Paul Grenier

CBGB is about the rejection of utilitarianism. The details of the punk style -- the lewdness, the filth, the screaming protests -- it's all secondary, man. Despite the dastardly lip-syncing in the movie, that point comes through quite nicely.

Responsibility And Liberty

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Recently I asked a number of transgender and cisgender friends the following: If a transgender person does something that may reflect badly on the trans community, is their personal freedom of expression more important than expectations to conform?

The Rich Are Differently Moral

Matthew Hutson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

New research shows that upper-class people have less empathy than lower-class people, but that sometimes this can lead them to do the most good for the most people when their bleeding-heart compatriots won't.

Beyond Belief: Sam Harris Imagines a "Moral Landscape"

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Deepak Chopra

Good science fiction is a worthy genre, and although it's darker and more tension-filled to imagine a dystopia run by berserk robots or malicious alie...

Who Lives and Who Dies: We All Care About Animals, Right?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Should humans keep other animals in cages, eradicate them for human development, eat or wear them, feed them to one another, or move them from one habitat to another?

Beyond Fluoride: Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water and the Public Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

If we are willing to ingest fluoride to prevent tooth decay, surely we can tolerate a trace of lithium to prevent suicides.