Category: Ethics

  • The Morality of Self-Interest

    The Morality of Self-Interest

    And oh, by the way, freedom cuts both ways – as Rousseau said several centuries ago, one can be ‘forced’ to be ‘free’ – and worse, one can be forced to obey ‘morally’ justified laws that he or she doesn’t like in order to protect the ‘freedom’ of others.

  • Spies in the Workplace

    Apparently, these employers are under little, if any obligation, to share their tactics or gathered information with their employees and there is almost nothing that the employees can do about it.

  • The name of the game is shame?

    I don’t know about you, but I often worry about whether by taking poor decisions, I might be making myself bad karma. Mind you, I’m not even certain what karma is, much less how it might work but I’ve always been told that ‘what goes around does come around’ and for the most part, that […]

  • Hidden Dangers of The Hero’s (mythological) Journey

    This weekend, I was privileged to participate in an academic conference, The Talking Sky, hosted by the University of Wales and The Sophia Centre. The purpose of the conference was to explore the cultural aspects of diverse myths inspired by the heavens. Whilst many important points were made, one surfaced time and time again – […]

  • Will his Russian Intrigue bring Trump Down?

    Will the current ‘intrigue’ regarding Trump and Russia ‘bring him down’? _____________________ SUMMARY YES & NO – although clearly Mr Trump has ‘enemies’ (secret or otherwise) in regards to this ‘intrigue’ –  enemies who are far stronger than is he – it remains unclear whether they will (or even whether they will try to) damage […]

  • Power and Promise – Utopian Propaganda & Orwell’s Animal Farm

    In the preface to his Ukrainian Edition of Animal Farm, George Orwell says that his reason for writing the novel was to reveal what he believed to be the Soviet myth underlying Socialism – the political and economic model that he wholeheartedly embraced. According to Orwell, nothing had caused greater harm to the Socialist movement […]

  • 21st Century Slavery – Now you see it – Now you don’t

    What constitutes morality isn’t easy to define much less pin down. But what constitutes slavery most certainly is… right? Free will. Who’s got yours?

  • Feminism and Jane Austen

    However if we look to the basic premise underlying Enlightenment feminism – that women, not having been denied powers of reason, must have the moral status appropriate to ‘rational beings’, formed in the image of a rational God – we must reach a different conclusion. At least two of the three of Austen’s heroines examined were apparently presumed by the men in their lives as capable not of forging their own moral code, but only of regurgitating that of their lovers.

  • The Moral Maze of Self Interest

    For although‘morality’ has meant many different things to many different people – the bottom line has always been – ouch – morality = self-interest.

  • Political Posturing or Master-Slave Morality – in the ‘Free World’

    I suggest that those who so easily invoke ‘morality’ on their side, have given little serious thought as to what it might mean or perhaps more interesting – from whence the concept might come.