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Disability Rights

The last weekend school of the academic year was entitled Disability and the Right to Life: Would the Disabled be better off Dead? This got us off to a rather bad start – lots of people objected to the words … Continue reading

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Drones, Robots and the Ethics of Armed Conflict in the 21st Century

Wow! Did you know there are machines out there capable, once programmed, of searching out their target, and delivering their lethal ‘payloads’ without further human intervention? In other words the ‘decision’ to kill belongs to the machine itself. Alex Leveringhaus … Continue reading

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Do YOU eat genetically modified foods?

In August 1998 the popular science programme World in Action featured a scientist who had been feeding genetically modified potatoes to rats. A researcher at the prestigious Rowett Institute, Arpad Pusztai , a world expert on plant lectins, said that as a … Continue reading

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Automated Robotic Weapons

In the House of Commons there are two red lines separating the two sides of the House. The lines are two sword-lengths apart. They are there to underline the fact that, in the House, disputes must be solved by discussion … Continue reading

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Korsgaard’s third lecture: Legal Rights for Animals

Claim: Animals have the right to be treated only in ways that are compatible with their good. Q: Why do animals have this right? A: Because animals co-own the world with us. Like us they have the right to ‘be … Continue reading

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Korsgaard Lecture Two: The Moral Standing of Animals

Kant is usually interpreted as arguing that the duties we take ourselves to have to animals are in fact duties we have to ourselves: if we mistreat animals we brutalise ourselves – we shouldn’t do this so we shouldn’t mistreat … Continue reading

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Animals, Human Beings and Other Persons – Professor Christine Korsgaard

I was privileged this week to go to a series of lectures by the renowned Kantian philosopher, Christine Korsgaard. This was hosted brilliantly by the Oxford Martin School. Professor Korsgaard gave three lectures. Today I will give a synopsis of … Continue reading

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Assisted Dying

Last night a friend of mine died. She starved herself to death. Erina was 74. She couldn’t eat (she was fed through a ‘peg’). She couldn’t walk (she used a wheelchair). She couldn’t talk (she used a ‘possum’ – think … Continue reading

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