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Podcast Profile: Practical Ethics Bites

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9 episodes
2014 to 2015
Median: 18 minutes
Collection: Philosophy

Description (podcaster-provided):

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.

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Ethics of sexual orientation • Genetic engineering • Just war theory • Abortion debates • Sex selection • Free will and responsibility • Euthanasia • Virtue ethics

Practical Ethics Bites is a podcast series that delves into various ethical questions and dilemmas, specifically targeted at pupils studying philosophy in UK schools. With a production team led by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton from the popular Philosophy Bites podcast, this series benefits from their extensive experience and features interviews with academics connected to Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Each episode, approximately 20 minutes in length, serves as an educational resource aimed at teachers and students alike.

The content of this podcast covers a wide range of topics in practical ethics, often exploring the moral dimensions of contemporary issues. Central themes include the ethics of personal choices and societal norms, such as sexual orientation, gender selection, and the moral status of embryos. The series addresses the nature and implications of these topics and frequently raises questions about naturalness and its ethical weight.

Another repeated subject is the relationship between human actions and moral responsibility. Episodes investigate complex issues such as the existence of free will, the ethics of warfare, and the rights of individuals in sensitive situations like abortion and euthanasia. Discussions often involve balancing conflicting rights and interests, such as those between a foetus and its mother or between the principles of non-violence and the justification for war.

Additionally, the podcast explores theoretical approaches within ethics itself, presenting frameworks like virtue ethics which guides moral behavior based on character and virtues. By examining real-world applications and theoretical foundations, Practical Ethics Bites provides listeners with a robust understanding of practical ethics, encouraging them to reflect on and critically engage with complex ethical issues.

Can you choose to be gay?
10 minutes
The ethics of sexuality
17 minutes
Should we allow genetic engineering on embryos?
19 minutes
Is there such a thing as a just war?
23 minutes
The rights and wrongs of abortion
18 minutes
Choosing the sex of your child
15 minutes
Free will, and its connection to moral responsibility
20 minutes
Should euthanasia be legal?
21 minutes
What is virtue ethics?
18 minutes