Friedrich Nietzsche famously diagnosed Christian morality as a descendant of form of slave morality. But did he simply commit the Genetic Fallacy? Amia Srinivasan discusses this style of reasoning, known as genealogy, with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
In war there are legitimate and illegitimate targets. Combatants can be killed; civilians shoudn't be deliberately targeted. This is a matter of international law, but is also believed to be a moral principle. Some philosophers have argued that a combatant/civilian distinction is unsustainable. Seth Lazar , of the Australian National University, disagrees. In this interview with Nigel Warburton he explains why.
Previous Philosophy Bites interviews on ethics and war:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a prolific writer in a number of genres. His insights into moral psychology, and particularly what he had to say about human needs for approval from others, have continuing resonance. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Chris Bertram discusses this aspect of his work with Nigel Warburton.
'Why Rousseau Still Matters' (an essay by Chris Bertram in The Philosopher's Magazine)
Regina Rini suggests that discoveries in experimental psychology can contribute to our moral self development. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explores how we might be able to revise our understanding of what we are, to build our selves using insights that can change our value systems.