By Zac Cash In March 2019, the Psychology professor Jordan Peterson, whose views on transgender rights, climate change and gender identity has caused great controversy, had his visiting professorship invite rescinded from Cambridge University. Two years prior, protests erupted when the pro-Trump political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos announced that he would be speaking at UC BerkeleyContinue reading “Public & Private Reason: Why Kant Wouldn’t Cancel Speakers”
Category Archives: Applied Ethics
The journey to accepting our freedom during a pandemic This article is part of the Time Capsule 2020 project, click here to find out more. by Toby Tremlett “I don’t choose to exist, but I am. An absurdity which is responsible for itself, that’s exactly what I am” The Blood of Others; pg 108, Simone de BeauvoirContinue reading “Resisting Responsibility”
by Toby Tremlett “Why should I act against climate change [recycle, go vegetarian], when so many others don’t bother?” “Why should my country act against climate change [carbon tax, green new deal, stopping harmful projects], when China pollutes more?” These two quotes reflect a common excuse that is used against making climate action. It hingesContinue reading “Climate Inaction”
If Personal Information Was an Asset, Would You Sell Yours?
Julia Inselseth (Law LLB, 2nd Year) discusses the notion of data harvesting in a post-Cambridge Analytica world. The phrase scientia potentia est (“knowledge is power”) is gaining a new meaning in the age of Big Technology. In a market where some of the most valuable and powerful companies are technological ones (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple,Continue reading “If Personal Information Was an Asset, Would You Sell Yours?”
The Ethical Limits of Gene-Editing
Julia Inselseth (Law LLB, 2nd Year) discusses the notion of free market eugenics in the age of CRISPR technology. The discovery of the CRISPR system has the potential to revolutionise medicine, giving humanity a tool capable of ‘editing out’ diseases from future generations of humans, animals, insects, plants and crops. However, this technology is surroundedContinue reading “The Ethical Limits of Gene-Editing”