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Podcast Profile: The Morality of Everyday Things

podcast imageTwitter: @MoralityofThe@AnthonyNCollias (@MoralityofThe followed by 6 philosophers)
Site: anchor.fm/moedt
36 episodes
2020 to present
Average episode: 47 minutes
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Categories: Ethics • Two Hosts

Podcaster's summary: Much as it says on the tin, this podcast is about everyday ethics. We pose the kind of questions we enjoy debating; the kind you might wonder about in the course of regular life. It’s been flatteringly described as “Like listening to your mates argue in the pub, except they’re not rude to each other and they sound like they know what they’re talking about”. Somehow, we're now in the Top 2% of podcasts worldwide, so thanks, that's pretty cool. | | If you'd like to support the show, checkout our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/moedt | | Subscribe to our email updates at https://moedt.substack.com

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List Updated: 2022-Aug-10 11:32 UTC. Episodes: 36. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Jul-19 • 29 minutes
When is it ok to put down a human being? Part 3
The third in our series on euthanasia and assisted suicide - later named with the much more provocative title, 'When is it ok to put down a human being?'. In this series we explore how much control we (and other people) should have over our own death. This is primarily focused on circumstances where death is near and inevitable, and life/treatment is becoming pretty horrible in the interim, but we do broaden the discussion a little beyond these boundaries. As we clarify in the episode, agency creates an ext...
2022-Jul-14 • 27 minutes
When is it ok to put down a human being? Part 2
The second in our series on euthanasia and assisted suicide - later named with the much more provocative title, 'When is it ok to put down a human being?'. In this series we explore how much control we (and other people) should have over our own death. This is primarily focused on circumstances where death is near and inevitable, and life/treatment is becoming pretty horrible in the interim, but we do broaden the discussion a little beyond these boundaries. As we clarify in the episode, agency creates an ex...
2022-Jul-05 • 35 minutes
When is it ok to put down a human being?
The first in our series on euthanasia and assisted suicide - later named with the much more provocative title, 'when is it ok to put down a human being?'. In this series we explore how much control we (and other people) should have over our own death. This is primarily focused on circumstances where death is near and inevitable, and life/treatment is becoming pretty horrible in the interim, but we do broaden the discussion a little beyond these boundaries. As we clarify in the episode, agency creates an ext...
2022-Jun-24 • 31 minutes
Should we legalize (part 3)...Gambling
Third in our series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of morality and public policy; generally of the form 'should X be made legal?'. We'll be exploring both the ethical arguments and some of the high level data around key policy decisions surrounding commonly banned substances and activities. A core introductory theme (and one that's consistently touched on through the series) is when and how a governing power should behave independent of morality, i.e. with a greater focus and interest in outcome...
2022-Jun-01 • 35 minutes
Should we legalize (part 2)...Sex Work
Second in our series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of morality and public policy; generally of the form 'should X be made legal?'. We'll be exploring both the ethical arguments and some of the high level data around key policy decisions surrounding commonly banned substances and activities. A core introductory theme (and one that's consistently touched on through the series) is when and how a governing power should behave independent of morality, i.e. with a greater focus and interest in outcom...
2022-May-24 • 50 minutes
Should we legalize (part 1)....Recreational Drugs
In this episode, we begin a series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of morality and public policy; generally of the form 'should X be made legal?'. We'll be exploring both the ethical arguments and some of the high level data around key policy decisions surrounding commonly banned substances and activities. A core introductory theme (and one that's consistently touched on through the series) is when and how a governing power should behave independent of morality, i.e. with a greater focus and inte...
2022-Apr-28 • 20 minutes
Is 'God' a good thing? Part 3 - the source of religious moral authority
In this episode, we finish our series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of 'God' and morality. You'll note the use of quotation marks, this is because we explore the moral implications of theism and organized religion in a way that is not limited to faith-based belief. This means both looking purely at the incentives around belief rather than basing belief on faith, but also weighing up the pros and cons of organized religion and their impact on society. Did it help to instill moral norms and unity...
2022-Apr-20 • 35 minutes
Is 'God' a good thing? Part 2 - has religion been a net good for society?
In this episode, we continue our series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of 'God' and morality. You'll note the use of quotation marks, this is because we explore the moral implications of theism and organized religion in a way that is not limited to faith-based belief. This means both looking purely at the incentives around belief rather than basing belief on faith, but also weighing up the pros and cons of organized religion and their impact on society. Did it help to instill moral norms and uni...
2022-Apr-11 • 41 minutes
Is 'God' a good thing? Part 1 - classic arguments for belief/non-belief
In this episode, we begin a series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of 'God' and morality. You'll note the use of quotation marks, this is because we explore the moral implications of theism and organized religion in a way that is not limited to faith-based belief. This means both looking purely at the incentives around belief rather than basing belief on faith, but also weighing up the pros and cons of organized religion and their impact on society. Did it help to instill moral norms and unity, o...
2022-Feb-22 • 63 minutes
NFTs: the future of art or a pyramid scheme?
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are all the rage - at time of posting. Should we all be rushing to buy digital images of gorillas wearing sunglasses? Or are there better ways of supporting struggling artists? | In this episode, Jake and Ant look at whether NFTs represent a bright future for helping artists monetize their work. They begin by discussing how NFTs work, what web3 is and why people are so excited about where this technology could lead us. Bill Gates famously warned that one of the early design flaws ...
2022-Feb-08 • 75 minutes
CROSSOVER EPISODE - Is Liberal Democracy The Best We Can Do?
This is a crossover with the Good in Theory podcast. We discuss with Clif what liberal democracy is, the arguments in its favour, and some big critiques. What is the purpose of government? How much of what we look for in good governance is shaped by our liberal democratic contexts (and particularly, the Cold War)? Episode includes Plato, Nazis and of course the Lizard People. Enjoy! | | --- | | Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/moedt/message
2022-Jan-25 • 52 minutes
Is trophy hunting really wrong?
Hunting endangered animals for sport. Everyone knows it’s bad. But is it really? | In this episode, Jake and Ant talk about trophy hunting and whether a moral society can permit it. They begin with an overview of how trophy hunting actually works in the nations that allow it and how it has gone wrong in the past, followed by outlining the effects it has on the environment, conservation, and local communities, which curiously, are generally positive. | This leads them into a discussion of the morality of con...
2021-Dec-22 • 55 minutes
Should you lie to your kids about Santa Claus?
Is the Santa myth just harmless fun, or should we be honest to our kids about Saint Nick? | In this very festive episode, Jake and Ant discuss the morality of lying to children about Santa Claus. They start with a brief history of the character's origins, including Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and even Odin. Then they go over the origins of the tradition of teaching children of Santa's literal existence and the reasons for doing it. | After that, they discuss the potential benefits of the fiction, as we...
2021-Dec-08 • 53 minutes
Are you a bad person if you buy gifts from Amazon this X-mas?
Does buying gifts from Amazon make you a bad person? | This week, Jake and Ant tackle the very festive topic of the morality of buying gifts from Amazon. They start by going over the pros and cons of buying from Amazon, both the intended and unintended results. As well as going over both Amazon’s philanthropic and less-than-philanthropic endeavours. | They discuss different philosophical frameworks and what they have to say about the morality of buying from the online marketplace behemoth. | Then they go ov...
2021-Nov-24 • 60 minutes
Do you have to keep unreasonable promises?
Can you break a promise if it was an unreasonable one to make? | In this episode, Jake and Ant go in depth, discussing several philosophical frameworks and what they have to say about promises. Using realistic (and some less realistic) examples of promises, they discuss what various philosophers would have to say about them, as well as giving their own two cents. They discuss duty, trust, and how our actions support or erode institutions we all depend on. | Should you keep a promise to someone who’ll never ...
2021-Nov-10 • 40 minutes
Is it OK for cyclists to run red lights?
Is it justifiable to blatantly break one of the most basic rules of the road? | In this episode, Jake and Ant discuss the morality of skipping red lights on a bike. They begin by chatting about unexpected outcomes of laws that are designed to improve safety and the possibility that running reds is actually safer for cyclists. They discuss the “Reverse Peltzman effect'' and how by making a behaviour more risky, people compensate by being more careful, which may be enough to outweigh the increased risk. | The...
2021-Oct-14 • 44 minutes
Was Joe Biden wrong to pull out of Afghanistan?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of the Western abandonment of Afghanistan after decades of support. | | We begin by chatting about some necessary context on the history of Afghanistan, both cold war era and post 9/11. Ultimately, we discuss the limits of one person's moral agency (can the president be personally blamed? Was there any winning decision to be made?), when it may be just to invade or 'nation-build' and the limits of respecting sovereignity and self-determination. Specifically,...
2021-Sep-13 • 45 minutes
Is the death penalty ever justified?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of murdering a murderer. | | We begin by chatting about the point of punishment - if we can't work out a justified aim of punishment, it's certainly hard to ever justify any punishment! We discuss the '5 theories of punishment' and their historical context (from Kant, to Bentham, to Michel Foucault). Following this, we discuss the particular issues around death (the sanctity of life and most importantly the irreversibility of death)! | | We also consider s...
2021-Aug-05 • 39 minutes
Should you give money directly to homeless people?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of giving cold hard cash to street beggars (who we typically assume are homeless). | | We begin by exploring a bit around how people end up in the situation of begging for cash and the difference between giving people cash vs giving them goods and services. We go on to examine the tradeoffs between your own satisfaction and the actual consequences of your giving cash to someone who's potentially unstable; what are the limits of your moral agency for the acti...
2021-Jun-15 • 83 minutes
Should we abolish the monarchy?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of abolishing the monarchic institutions that are present in the UK and several other EU countries (but really focusing on the UK as a specific example). | | The key arguments discussed and considered are: | 1 - democracy, 2 - elitism, 3 - corruption/abuse of power, 4 - history & tradition, 5 - entertainment, 6 - soft power, 7 - the practical nuisance of disbanding the royals. | | Ant is writing this and I maintain that it's a grossly inequitable instit...
2021-May-14 • 51 minutes
Is it wrong to have children in an era of climate change?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of having children in the context of climate change. Is it ok to birth a child into a doomed circumstance...is this circumstance quite so doomed...even if it wasn't, is it maybe wrong to birth someone without their permission anyway? | | This discussion begins by exploring moral considerations around having children with 2 key perspectives, particularly: the way that you may be wronging a baby itself by birthing it, either by dooming it to a struggle with th...
2021-Mar-29 • 57 minutes
Is it wrong to keep pets?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of pet care. Is it ok to keep any sentient living being as property, free to be made infertile if their incessant humping annoys us and even to be put down if they become an inconvenience or minor danger. | | Part of this discussion will feel familiar from our vegan/vegetarianism episode (how do we compare animal vs human rights?), but the fundamental question is how do we square the very common stance of being anti-livestock/vegan but pro-pets? We do care ...
2021-Mar-06 • 48 minutes
Can we enjoy the music of problematic artists?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of art. Well, a very small sub-section, enjoying the works of artists who are themselves immoral. In considering this, we consider the difference between art and things that are simply visually/audibly pleasing and how the context of art can (or should) affect how we appreciate it. Key considerations include whether the 'problematic' context of the artist is literally part of their work, a heavy influence or driver of the work, or totally separate. We also c...
2021-Feb-12 • 61 minutes
Can entrepreneurship be a force for good - w/ beyond binary thinking podcast
In this episode (another guest-isode digression from our usual format, which we'll return to next episode), Jake and Ant look at whether entrepreneurship can be a force for good, with Chris and Chris from the Beyond Binary Thinking podcast. We discuss the difference between entrepreneurship en masse and large tech companies, the role of finance (and over-financialization) in business and whether shifting ownership can help resolve some of these issues. | | Sign up to our newsletter here to receive a breakd...
2021-Jan-25 • 57 minutes
Was Twitter right to ban Trump? w/ Peter Suciu and Alex Kantrowitz
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at whether banning Trump was the right thing to do for social media platforms. With our guests, Peter Suciu (Twitter: @PeterSuciu) and Alex Kantrowitz (twitter: @kantrowitz, podcast: https://redcircle.com/shows/big-technology-podcast)... we explore questions such as: are SM platforms utilities, is free speech the same as free access to platforms, what were the morally relevant contingent factors to this decision and what next for such SM platforms? | | This is our first g...
2021-Jan-07 • 62 minutes
Would it be ethically justifiable to make the covid vaccine mandatory?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of mandatory vaccination, particularly in the context of covid and the year of mandatory lockdowns we've just been through. Arguably, vaccines have clearer benefits and fewer trade-offs than lockdowns, but precedent over the last few decades has been to enshrine people's freedom of choice on the matter (even if their opinions are based on debunked conspiracy theories). | | Does the covid crisis make for a different circumstance, particularly given all the r...
2020-Nov-19 • 58 minutes
Is it wrong to send your children to private school?
In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of private education. Education is so important - and so formative - that it's important to ask whether it is fair for some people to access a higher quality education on the basis of wealth. What happens when what is best for society does not line up with what is best for us individually?  | If you'd like to support the show, checkout our patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/moedt | | --- | | Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/moedt/message
2020-Nov-04 • 52 minutes
Are footballers overpaid?
In this episode Jake and Ant explore what it means to be overpaid - both from an economic and moral perspective. Particularly, footballers are considered in the context of essentially being entertainers. In it, you'll get a potted history of how footballers went from earning £1 a week to over £300k, an original take on the footballers v nurses debate and a look at what happened to the Gunnersaurus.  | If you'd like to support the show, check out our Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/moedt | Reference...
2020-Oct-17 • 50 minutes
Are you a bad person if you work at Facebook?
In this episode, Jake and Ant explore what it means to be a bad person, briefly revisit the distinction between good/bad and right/wrong and discuss in some more depth why they specifically chose Facebook for this question (rather than BP or Goldman Sachs or Google) and some of the harms and goods it facilitates. | If you'd like to support the show, check out our Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/moedt | | --- | | Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/moedt/message
2020-Oct-02 • 45 minutes
Is it immoral to eat meat?
In this episode, Jake and Ant consider whether the consumption of meat and specifically the production and slaughter of animals to that end is immoral. This includes an exploration of the moral differences between different animals (humans included) and a consideration of whether the crux of the issue lies in the suffering and death involved in production or rather in the specific act of consuming the flesh of another creature. Following this, there's a consideration of the indirect effects of eating meat a...
2020-Sep-23 • 43 minutes
Why do we segregate sports by sex?
In this episode, Jake and Ant consider how and why we segregate sports and, ultimately, what the point of sports might be? This includes an exploration of current issues of segregating by sex, given difficulty determining how to include trans atheletes and those with DSD such as Caster Semenya - who recently lost a court ruling on the matter. There are many other forms of segregation that happen in sport, such as weight classes. | If you'd like to support the show, check out our Patreon at: https://www.patr...
2020-Aug-20 • 66 minutes
When is lockdown justified?
In this episode, Jake and Ant consider the circumstances where restricting personal freedoms in the interest of public health may be morally justified. This includes an exploration of whether this is a truly unique circumstances, versus issues like national security, what moral frameworks are most appropriate and the classic balancing of the moral calculus. We'll address questions such as: what's the value of a human life? How should we spread benefits and harms across society and, of course, what might Kan...
2020-Jul-04 • 46 minutes
Should you have shared #BlackoutTuesday?
In this episode, Jake and Ant explore why those who are able may have a duty to help disadvantaged groups and whether the motives of our actions matter to their moral worth. We revisit the question of 'Can you do the right thing for the wrong reasons?' as well as exploring the types of obligations we have and how we can form new ones. Do white people have a special obligation to help BAME groups, or is it purely on the basis of fairness that a duty is owed? Is a duty owed at all? | If you'd like to support ...
2020-Jun-16 • 50 minutes
Is it OK to punch a nazi?
In this second episode, Jake and Ant explore the circumstances in which we may be justified in doing something we'd typically class as wrong. Are we ever justified in using violence, particularly against those who have done or intend to do bad things? Would you be proud if your child punched a bully? Would you lie to an axe-murderer? Can you punch a secret nazi? All this and more discussed in this episode, including a breakdown of the 3 main types of moral frameworks - virtue based ethics, consequentalist a...
2020-Jun-10 • 43 minutes
Should billionaires exist?
In this first episode, Jake and Ant explore the moral implications of extreme wealth inequality. Can billionaires co-exist with a population in poverty? When, if ever, is it right to takeaway someone's private property? Do we deserve the cash we inherit any less than the talents we inherit by birth? | If you'd like to support the show, check out our Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/moedt | | --- | | Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/moedt/message
2020-Jun-10 • 1 minutes
The Trailer - The Morality of Everyday Things
"...and it's live!"  | Welcome, everybody, to the morality of everyday things. This is a 1 minute intro to Ant and Jake and what this podcast is all about.  | We'll tackle everyday questions such as "Should billionaires exist?", "Is it immoral to eat meat?" and much more. We'll walk through how to approach these issues from an accessible philosophical perspective. We're here to make you think and sometimes chuckle.  | If you'd like to support the show, check out our Patreon at: https://www.pa...