Tag Ethics

When Should a Vegan eat Meat?

Part 1 of N The Set Up. My article about Jallikattu inevitably got several rejoinders about the immensely greater harm done by factory farming. Besides, there were thoughtful commentators who questioned the propriety of urban meat eaters (i.e., nonvegetarians as we…

Introducing FFreedom

If you don’t want to read any further, here’s the one sentence summary: The moral is material and the material is moral. Morality is considered to be the domain of religion; an aspect of human nature impervious to empirical reality,…

Between IS and OUGHT

When human beings investigate their own nature, they ask two seemingly different questions: Who are we? Who should we be? The first is the province of psychology, cognitive science and increasingly, biology. The second is the province of ethics, arts…

Doing Justice to an Idea

This piece is part of an ongoing response to Amartya Sen’s book that continues the discussion of reason, emotion and ethics from the seminar I taught last year. Introduction. Amartya Sen’s “The Idea of Justice” (IOJ from now on) is…