Darwinism and the Social Sciences (the Forum)

29 February 2016|

 

Darwinism and the Social Sciences (the Forum)

A growing number of researchers are applying Darwinian ideas to explain aspects of human society, but this work has long been controversial. Is a Darwinian theory of culture possible? If so, what should such a theory look like? In what ways should it differ from a theory of biological evolution? Does the […]

How (Not) to Make Everyone Better Off (the Forum)

23 November 2015|

 

How (Not) to Make Everyone Better Off (the Forum)

Policymakers often aim for so-called ‘Pareto improvements’—changes that make at least one person better off and no one worse off. This may sound innocuous, but is it always a sensible idea? Philosopher Anna Mahtani argues that there is more to the notion of a Pareto improvement than meets the eye.

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    London under Attack: The Moral Complexities of WWII Bombings (the Forum)

London under Attack: The Moral Complexities of WWII Bombings (the Forum)

21 October 2015|

 

London under Attack: The Moral Complexities of WWII Bombings (the Forum)

In June 1944, London was targeted by German terror bombing. The British War Cabinet faced an ethical dilemma: Should they attempt to use double agents to redirect the raids away from Central London and towards less populated areas? Or should they let events take their course? Ethicist Susanne […]