(Videos 42 and 43 in Ethics Series)
Christian Ethics, what they are and what they are not. This is my personal critique of Christian Ethics and why I don’t believe in them. I will hopefully post more videos on this topic to explain where I am headed with this. Until then you can check out my blog posts under the category, “The Dead Have No Need of Ethics.”
(Videos 37-41 in Ethics Series)
Existential or Postmodern Ethics focus on subjectivity and personal choice and responsibility. This version is taken primarily from Kierkegaard’s teachings, although you could have a wide range of takes on this topic. Overview of Existential Ethics, critique of the pros and cons, and concluding with my personal evaluation.
Ethics of Care Part 4
(Videos 29-32 in Ethics Video Series)
Carol Gilligan provides an entirely different approach to Ethics and brings feminine virtues into the conversation. I give an objective overview followed by a critique and conclude with my personal evaluation.
(Videos 24-28 in Ethics Video Series)
The Ethical Theory of Kant is based on Pure Reason. Kant does not want to be swayed by emotion or religious speculation, rather he seeks to apply reason to formulate a universal ethical standard. Overview of Kant’s theory followed by a critique and my personal evaluation.
(Videos 16-23 in Ethics Video Series)
Utilitarianism or Consequentialism is one of the foremost Ethical Theories in the United States of America. The greatest good for the greatest number, that which works best, costs cheapest and lasts longest, the ends justify the means etc. these are all Utilitarian catch phrases. Utilitarianism is a teleological ethical theory, that looks at the end results in order to determine if an action is right or wrong. If the end results produce more good (well being and happiness) than evil, then the action was good. These videos give an objective overview, critique and ends with my personal evaluation. These are in classroom videos with dialog thus it took eight videos to cover the same material, but I think it’s much more interesting than the webcam videos.
(Videos 13-15 in Ethics Video Series)
Natural Law Theory combines Reason with Divine Command Theory. The version being described here is attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas. First is an objective overview of this theory followed by a critique and my personal evaluation.
(Videos 10 and 11 in Ethics Video Series)
Ethical Relativism can be a bit confusing on the surface. Ethical Relativism states that Ethics and morality are relative to the society and culture in which you live. For example, when in Rome do as the Romans. This, however, does not mean reality is a free for all, rather each culture dictates, the norms, values and ideals of it’s people and provides the ethical framework and standards by which they should live. Situational ethics or relativistic ethics, i.e. relativism are more akin to egoism than Ethical Relativism. This video starts with an objective overview and description of Ethical Relativism followed by a critique listing it’s pros and cons and then concluding with my personal evaluation.
(Videos 7-9 in Ethics Video Series)
The Divine Command Theory states, that God’s commands are good and God’s prohibitions are evil. This is the preferred Ethical theory of many people who believe in a God or gods. I will first objectively state what Divine Command Theory is and how it works, then I will look at the pros and cons and conclude with my personal evaluation.
(Videos 4-6 in Ethics Video Series)
Ethical Egoism is the Ethical theory which basically states, what’s good for me is good, and what’s bad for me is bad. Self interest and selfishness are seen as synonyms and are the highest forms of good. This theory will be presented as objectively as possible, followed by a critique of it’s pros and cons and finally in part 3 I will share my personal opinion.