rational selfishness

Basic Moral Theories Essentialized

January 10, 2014

[Click for a PDF of the full chart] Human action, whether by individuals, groups, or governments, is driven by ideas—most substantially by the ideas people accept as morally correct. Why did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her bus seat to a white passenger? Why did Edward Snowden release classified. . . Continue »

Prometheus and the Black Goo of Altruism

July 2, 2012

Although Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus is an incoherent mess, it does feature an obvious theme. It glorifies altruism, selfless sacrifice to others. Children’s author and blogger Adrian Bott explains what’s going on in the opening of the film: Let’s begin with the eponymous titan himself, Prometheus. He was a wise. . . Continue »