Philosophy and Ethics Group page Timetable

Art in Bridge link

OU Ethics Bites web site    
Date Episodes

30/09/16 Sport and genetic enhancement :

14/10/16 Free speech :

28/10/16 Private Languages 1 - Fred Cole

11/11/16 Private Languages 2 - Fred Cole

25/11/16 Why should we care about climate change?

09/12/16 Art, censorship and morality


06/01/17 The family :

20/01/17 Copyright :

03/02/17 Sex and perversion

17/02/17 Business ethics :

03/03/17 Organ transplants :

17/03/17 What's wrong with killing?
Link to Michael Sandell video "THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER"

31/03/17 Trolleys, killing and the doctrine of double effect :Would you let someone die, to save five others? Would you kill someone to save five others? Explore trolleys, killing...
14/04/17 Blame and historic injustice : How should we judge slave owners? Were they innocent or guilty? Miranda Fricker talks about blame and historic injustice
28/04/17 The right to have babies : As IVF technology has developed, so have ethical questions surrounding its use have grown. Does everyone have the...
12/05/17 Human use of animals : Peter Singer, possibly the most famous philosopher in the world, sparked the birth of the animal rights movement....
26/05/17 Where am I? Daniel Dennett


Episode Title Description People Date
07/07/17 Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Morality What can science tell us about morality? Many philosophers would say, 'nothing at all'. Facts don't imply values, they say. you need further argument to move from facts about us and about the world to conclusions about what we ought to do. Patricia Churchland 03/02/12
21/07/17 Brain Chemistry and Moral Decision-Making Answers to moral questions, it seems, depend on how much serotonin there is flowing through your brain. In the future might we be able to alter people's moral behaviour with concoctions of chemicals? Molly Crocket 04/01/12
04/08/17 Responsibility If someone caught me shoplifting, and I was later diagnosed with kleptomania, should I be held responsible? Should I be blamed? Hanna Pickard 01/12/11
18/08/17 Selling Organs Everyday people die in hospitals because there aren't enough organs available for transplant. In most countries of the world - though not all - it is illegal to sell organs. Tim Lewens 01/11/11
01/09/17 Bio-Ethics Bites Demand for health care is infinite, but money is finite. So how should we distribute resources? Whom should we help, and why? Jonathan Wolf 03/10/11
15/09/17 Trust Radically new techniques are opening up exciting possibilities for those working in health care - for psychiatrists, doctors, surgeons; the option to clone human beings, to give just one example. Onora O'Neill 01/09/11
29/09/17 Status Quo Bias Suppose a genetic engineering breakthrough made it simple, safe and cheap to increase people's intelligence. Nick Bostrom 01/08/11
13/10/17 Life and Death If a patient decides she doesn't want to live any longer, should she be allowed to die? Should she be allowed to kill herself? Peter Singer 04/07/11
27/10/17 Moral Status A stone on the beach, we assume, has no moral status. We can kick or hammer the stone, and we have done the stone no harm. Typical adult human beings do have moral status. We shouldn't, without a very good reason, kick a man or woman. Jeff McMahan 31/05/11
10/11/17 Designer Babies The term 'designer baby' is usually used in a pejorative sense - to conjure up some dystopian Brave New World. There are already ways to affect what kind of children you have - most obviously by choosing the partner to have them with. Julian Savulescu 31/05/11