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Why Today's Ethics Offers No Real Guidance

A 13 minute YouTube publication from Dec 01, 2020 by Ben Bayer

YouTube, 2020

Duration 13 mins

Notes none

Primary language: English


In this episode, Ben Bayer reads aloud his article “Why Today’s Ethics Offers No Real Guidance.” In that essay, he examines the strange set of cases today’s academic ethicists choose to analyze. All too often, he observes, they see morality as concerned with settling interpersonal conflicts or even resolving dilemmas in rare emergency situations such as the “trolley problem.” Bayer argues that these ethicists are unable to provide meaningful advice for everyday life because they think that the special province of morality is to give us advice about who is to be sacrificed to whom when there are conflicts of interest. 

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