Making a Better World

Sunday, August 13, 2023

What Is It

Some philosophers think that morality boils down to one idea: we should make the world better for everyone. But who counts in "everyone"—babies, animals, future people? How can we tell what makes the world better for others? And in an uncertain world, how can anyone gauge the effects of their actions? Josh and Ray try to save the world with acclaimed Princeton philosopher Peter Singer, author of Ethics in the Real World: 90 Essays on Things That Matter.



Josh Landy  
Can philosophy help us become better people?

Ray Briggs  
What can ethics tell us about ending poverty and suffering?

Josh Landy  
Are thought experiments ever relevant to real life?

Comments (1)

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Harold G. Neuman

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 -- 8:03 AM

Your questions answered, in

Your questions answered, in order: 1. Yes., 2.. Well, I think there are at least some remaining acceptable standards. Maslow's hierarchy seems pertinent, even today. I would also submit that we sorely need to overcome or better mitigate the effects of socially invented maladies, and expend efforts to prevent new ones such as 'lookism' and 'linguistic discrimination'. I am, where I can be, outspoken against such poorly formed, ill-advised and unlegislated nonsense. Society regularly shoots itself in the foot here. Hope Professor Singer has something to say of such things.

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