Me, Learning Ethics: Starvation

I find this a fitting subject, considering the fact that I did just happen to gorge myself this whole weekend. The fresh scent of gluttony lingers upon me. I do think it should be a moral obligation to help those who are starving or less fortunate in any way. It seems like Peter Singer has [...]

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Me, Learning Ethics: Animal Rights

As far as I know, animal rights were not a popular topic until the middle of the last century. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is a vegetarian or vegan (realistically the percentages are less than 10% for most countries--it varies, and it depends on the source of the statistics). What is obvious to me is [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Utilitarianism

I was very wrong about Utilitarianism, or I just happened to hear a different definition of it in the past. Originally, I thought it only related to usefulness—I mean utility is part of the word. Every time it was mentioned, I would clearly imagine the Industrial Revolution in either England or the United States. I [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Ethical Egoism

Are we born selfish, or is it best to be selfish? That's one interesting question to figure out. Psychological Egoism and Ethical Egoism explain why a person thinks of his own welfare before that of others. Both theories are very similar, except that Psychological Egoism determines that it is human nature to be self-interested, while [...]

Me, Learning Psychology: Experimentation and Rights

What if I was a biological psychologist? Would I value the rights of the patients the most--or that of the people or animals taking part in experiments? Well, I chose the patients. As a biological psychologist, it would be mandatory for me to give preference to the rights of any of my clients, versus the [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Social Contract Theory

I was aware that the founding fathers were inspired by various philosophies and doctrines, but, as usual, I had not taken a closer glimpse. The United States still follows Social Contract Theory, which has been interpreted in several ways--from Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques. It seems that John Locke had the most influence, though. [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

I take it that this is the first controversial topic in this class, and the subjects will probably become more interesting as it progresses. On a personal level, I would find physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia to be immoral. This subject has passed through my thought process, before. Colorado did pass a law last year that [...]

Me, Learning Ethics: Cultural Relativism, Subjectivism, and Divine Command Theory

I went back to college for this semester. Ethics happens to be one of my classes. I have had somewhat of an interest in philosophy, over the years. I never bothered to read much, though. Prior to this course, I learned a bit about ancient philosophies. That is it. Anyway, I have decided to blog [...]