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Happiness, empathy and social selfishness: reflections on moral conduct in Utilitarianism

In utilitarian thought, the definition of morality will necessarily derive from articulation between sensitivity and rationality. The most immediate aggregation is with the Hobbesian model, where pain and pleasure are determining characteristics of cognition. The conception of Bentham establishes that nature placed humanity under the dominion of two sovereign masters: pain and pleasure. It is […]

Virtues in relationships

Practicing Virtues in relationships is not always easy. Sometimes we are in a good humor, everything is going OK and everyone is treating us kindly, agreeing with everything we say. Than, maybe we will forget that practicing virtuous is something that has to be done all the time and we don’t realize that there’s an […]

Disaster ethics and the touching case of Thai boys trapped in a cave

Crisis, tragedies and disasters have very particular characteristics of uncertainty and require different relationships and responsibilities for their response and solution, with extremely difficult decision making. The philosopher Naomi Zack (2009) – one of the main references on disaster ethics – clarifies that there are aspects of these events that go beyond the obvious facts, […]

Courage pill for relationships based on virtue ethics

Human relations are predominantly centered on hedonism especially on contemporary days. People usually join a relation in first-place to satisfy their own pleasures and well-being. This is was exposed by Zygmunt Bauman in his book “Liquid Love,”. The author sustains that contemporary relationships cease to be a construction of an “we” and become a cult […]

Business Ethics and the Brazilian Reality

Business ethics has been gaining strength since the 1960s, after various scandals involving fraud, corruption, bribes and bad behavior, showing the need to rethink the organizational practices, which are also charged by society. Corporate ethics include a set of organizational principles, values, and norms that can be derived from individuals, organizational statements, or the legal […]

Roboethics and artificial Intelligence: The art of coming out of nowhere to go anywhere

The ethics of robots, or roboethics, is a strong candidate to become one of the typical fads of the early 21st century. It is born of a problem that does not exist, and intends to dewater in other problems that will never exist – or, in the worst case, are being examined by a misguided […]

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute of Ethics at Duke University. He is also a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, where he has been working since 2008. American of Israeli origin, was born in 1967 in New York, became interested in the irrationality of daily behaviors, influenced […]

Thoughts About Corruption

Corruption has been a popular and an old issue for rich and poor countries. Although its popularity, it may present different meanings over time and place it arises. With regard to Brazil, it is prevailing to note distinct facts being approached like corruption, particularly in media such as social networks or even in people´s discourses. […]

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