Practical Ethics YouTube Channel

The Practical Ethics Video Series makes the most important and complex debates in practical ethics accessible to a wide audience through brief interviews with high profile philosophers in Oxford. In the series, Katrien Devolder interviews Carissa Véliz, Thomas Douglas, Dominic Wilkinson, Walter Sinnott Armstrong, Jeff McMahan and others on topics such as conscientious objection in medicine, war, privacy, neurointerventions, moral AI.

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Featured episode: Peter Singer on the pros and cons of defending controversial views

Peter Singer has probably done more good than many of us will ever do. Despite this, he has received threats, people have protested to stop him from lecturing, his views have been compared to those defended by Nazis, etc. How has this affected him? Should we ever refrain from defending controversial views? Is it okay if academics avoid working on controversial topics because they're worried about their reputation or job prospects? Should academics be able to publish their controversial ideas anonymously? Should we engage in a calm and rational way with just any view? Where do we draw the line?

 

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