Practical Ethics Bites
By Oxford University
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Practical Ethics Bites is a series of audio podcasts on practical ethics targeted specifically at pupils studying philosophy in UK schools. It is produced by the team behind the popular podcast Philosophy Bites, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites has had over 21 million downloads. David Edmonds is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and all the interviewees are academics linked to the Uehiro Centre. The series aims to be a free educational resource for teachers. Each interview is around 20 minutes long.
||CleanCan you choose to be gay?||Brian Earp discusses the ethics of sexual orientation.||14 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe ethics of sexuality||Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards argues that homosexuality is natural, and that what is natural can be neither good nor bad.||4 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould we allow genetic engineering on embryos?||Does a human embryo have moral status? Tom Douglas explores the ethical issues surrounding genetic research on developing embryos.||28 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs there such a thing as a just war?||Is an ethical war a paradoxical notion? If violence is almost always unacceptable, how can we justify acts of war?||21 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe rights and wrongs of abortion||Rebecca Roache discusses the conflicting rights and interests of both foetus and mother.||14 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChoosing the sex of your child||Is sex-selection harmful or injust? Julian Savulescu outlines four methods used in sex-selection and explores the ethical issues surrounding each.||6 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree will, and its connection to moral responsibility||Professor Neil Levy explores the link between free will and responsibility. What makes us blameworthy for our actions?||29 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould euthanasia be legal?||Dr Dominic Wilkinson, Director of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, explores the ethical issues surrounding euthanasia and asks whether it should be made legal.||22 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is virtue ethics?||In this episode, Professor Roger Crisp introduces the strand of ethical theory known as 'virtue ethics'.||22 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|