Ethics and Morality

The Moral Compass

August 17, 2007

The Moral Compass

Brian Orchard

A compass is a relatively simple instrument that evokes a clear picture of mental processes that point a person in a particular direction in life.

August 6, 2007

The Ethics of a Family-Centered Home

Brian Orchard

Since ethics deal with the formation and expression of character, there is no better place to begin their development than in the family home.

September 27, 2007

Values or Ethics?

Brian Orchard

To a large extent our values are shaped by our cultural setting. Do any values represent a correct standard, or are values of themselves relative?

May 18, 2007

The Ethics of Patriotism

Brian Orchard

Patriotism is devotion to one’s country. However, some commentators are beginning to record what they observe to be a growing trend of antipatriotism.

Would We Be Better off without Religion?

May 4, 2007

Would We Be Better Off Without Religion?

David F. Lloyd

Would we be better off without religion? That was the subject of a recent debate in London, which featured Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

March 9, 2007

Leon Kass: Defender of Human Dignity

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

Human dignity is hard to define, but a definition is important if bioethicists hope to preserve it within the various realms of technological advancement.

Insight: Bringing Back Character

Winter 2007

Bringing Back Character

David Hulme

It has become increasingly difficult to maintain individual standards of morality and character, and to teach our children why morality matters.

Stem Cell Research: Setting the Moral Frame

Summer 2006

Stem-Cell Research: Setting the Moral Frame

Dan Cloer

William B. Hurlbut, a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, discusses his proposed alternative to using embryonic stem cells in stem cell research.

Small Concerns

Summer 2006

Small Concerns

Dan Cloer

The potential usefulness of embryonic stem cells in molecular medicine is huge, as are the ethical issues surrounding these tiny biological entities.

Are We in Need of a New Neuromorality?

Spring 2008

Are We in Need of a Neuromorality? 

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

As neuroscience develops tests for particular psychological traits and medical predispositions in individuals, what moral values will govern such information?