Tag Archive for Ethics

Paul Givan’s ungentlemanly conduct

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As regular readers will now know I spent much of the last week or so analysing the details and the context of a single act of ungentlemanly behaviour and interviewing the lady involved. Paul Givan, Chairman of the Justice Committee in Northern Ireland’s Assembly suggested, during a live web-cast formal evidence session, that a woman…

The Mistress Contract

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Incoming from Ed: the “Mistress Contract“, a play at the Royal Court Theatre: She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and…

Moral inversion over disabled taxi fares

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Deputy mayor of Middlesbrough Dave Budd said companies ‘have a moral obligation to treat everybody the same’. In this context treating everyone the same means giving them a larger, scarcer minibus instead of a smaller more common car. I seem to recall driving a minibus commercially also requires a special licence, meaning scarcer staff are…

Self-Righteous white kids and moral calculus

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David Hansen writes powerfully and honestly about his experiences helping at a children’s home in the Philippines and why he ended up feeling he had been self-righteous: I wanted people to see me as a righteous person more than I wanted to do charity work itself, and this greatly influenced my motivations for working abroad.…

Was Political Philosophy founded upon a mistake?

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The title of this post is inspired by Harold Prichard’s 1912 article (justly famous in its day) “was moral philosophy founded upon a mistake?” where Prichard attacks the founding principle of Classical moral philosophy that ethics is based upon our search for happiness, a happy life  – an assumption that followers of Plato and Aristotle, the Cynics…

Gauke’s outrageous arrogance

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It seems that Joey Jones is perhaps the most sensible (and liberal) member of the political-media elite today. You all know what he was talking about, but before watching the video of him, read what was actually said by Mr Gauke. Guido has the quote: Legitimate use of reliefs, for example taking out a tax-free…

Bob Diamond should take his bonus and sack his traders

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This trend for senior executives of scandalised firms to waive their bonuses is not a healthy development. It says to the mob that if you screech loud enough the rich will eat themselves. The targets of bullying and violent threats are sanctioning and legitimizing those threats. Hearing an aggressive tone they immediately hand over their…

A Field Meets a Brick Wall

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A few months ago, Tom Burroughes gave an enlightening talk on intellectual property to the assembled Libertarian Home group at the Rose & Crown. If you have not seen that talk, it’s available with an introduction by Simon, here. Whilst Tom’s talk was certainly interesting and managed to catch me completely unaware of one of…