Public Ethics Radio

Anna Stilz on Occupancy Rights | 10/10/13 Anna Stilz, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Any attempts to tackle the problems of long-term refugees will have to address occupancy rights. Why do we have the right to live in a particular place, and what are we owed when those rights are violated? For example, if the Palestinians have a right of return, what's the basis of that right? Does it hold the same for second-generation refugees as for first?

Arash Abizadeh on Immigration | 09/30/13 Arash Abizadeh, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson As the U.S. moves toward a major overhaul of its immigration system, many of those most significantly affected are being left out of the debate--not just illegal immigrants already in the U.S., but also anyone who might ever want to come. The same is true everywhere immigration is being debated. Arash Abizadeh thinks all those outsiders deserve a say.

Kim Ferzan on Preventive Justice | 04/30/13 Kim Ferzan, Matt Peterson, Christian Barry Criminal justice is normally retrospective: You can only imprison someone for crimes they’ve already committed. But what should we do about individuals who clearly will pose threats in the future, even if they haven't done anything yet? Kim Ferzan wants to create a new class of preventive justice, separate from normal criminal law.

Corey Brettschneider on Hate Speech | 12/03/12 Corey Brettschneider, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson How should states deal with hate speech? In the U.S., the prevailing attitude is that hate speech should be protected. In other liberal democracies, hate speech is more restricted. Corey Brettschneider, a professor of political science at Brown University, has a new take.

Jon Quong on Self-Defense | 10/03/12 Jonathan Quong, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson What conditions make it permissible for one person to kill another? And what does it mean if the theories that we've used as the basis of war turn out to be wrong? Here's Jon Quong of the University of Manchester.

Garrett Cullity on Climate Change | 07/18/12 Garrett Cullity, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Since there is very little any given individual can do to address climate change, there is a problem drawing a line from collective responsibility to individual responsibility. Fortunately, philosopher Garrett Cullity has a solution for morally motivating individuals.

Law Professor Stuart Green on Property Law | 06/08/12 Stuart Green, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson A meme about illegal music downloads has been going around the Internet for a few years now. It goes something like this: Piracy isn't theft. Theft removes the original. Piracy makes a copy. Is there something to this idea?

Prakash Sethi on Apple's Labor Standards | 04/11/12 S. Prakash Sethi, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Does Apple's number one status mean that it has special responsibilities for the labor practices of its Chinese manufacturers? And to what extent is one company, even one as dominant as Apple, capable of affecting labor standards in China's vast economy, not to mention the rest of Asia?

Seth Lazar on Self-Defense in War | 03/16/12 Seth Lazar, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Does all killing in war come down to self-defense? This view makes a lot of intuitive sense, but it turns out to pose a serious challenge to the traditional view of just war theory. What about civilians, for example? Philosopher Seth Lazar explores this complex issue. 

Microinequalities Inflicted on Women | 02/14/12 Samantha Brennan, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Why is it that a woman can lead a country, yet women are slower to be served in coffee shops? In the West, women and men share equal status under the law. But in countless practical ways, women experience inequality on a daily basis.

Public Ethics Radio: Joy Gordon on Iraq Sanctions | 08/13/10 Joy Gordon, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Joy Gordon's new book "Invisible War" describes a superpower run amok. The international sanctions on Iraq were the strictest ever imposed. The tremendous damage that ensued set the stage for the devastated country we see today.

Public Ethics Radio: Matthew Rimmer on Intellectual Property and Clean Technology | 06/23/10 Matthew Rimmer, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Matthew Rimmer discusses intellectual-property policy for clean technologies. How do we both create new technologies and spread them as widely as possible? We need climate-friendly technology to be used everywhere, including in developing countries with limited resources.

Public Ethics Radio: Sarah Holcombe on Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights | 06/01/10 Sarah Holcombe, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson What rules should govern business and academic interactions with so-called traditional knowledge? Sarah Holcombe examines questions of knowledge management, intellectual property rights, and research ethics through the lens of Australia's Aboriginal groups.

Public Ethics Radio: Anne Phillips on Ownership and the Body | 05/17/10 Anne Phillips, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Is the human body a piece of property? We object to the sale of whole human beings, but what about cases where a person merely wants to sell a part of her body? If I am free to donate my organs, why am I not free to sell them as well?

Public Ethics Radio: Christopher Heath Wellman on Immigration and Citizenship | 11/03/09 Christopher Heath Wellman, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson From education and health care, to access to credit and the rule of law, a host of factors that influence quality of life depend simply on which side of a border a person is born on. Yet what could be more arbitrary, morally speaking, than where a person happens to be born?

Hilary Charlesworth on Bills of Rights | 10/07/09 Hilary Charlesworth, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson What does a country gain by enacting a bill of rights? Do countries that lack bills of rights, like Australia, protect human rights as well as those, like the United States and Canada, that have them?

Michael Selgelid on Infectious Diseases | 08/22/09 Michael Selgelid, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Can we infringe individual rights to promote public health? Should, say, people be allowed to decide for themselves when they are too infectious to get on a plane?

Public Ethics Radio: David Singh Grewal on Network Power | 04/03/09 David Singh Grewal, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson To explain how power can be at work in apparently voluntary processes, Grewal introduces the concept of "network power." He argues that this dynamic drives many key aspects of globalization.

Public Ethics Radio: Jeff McMahan on Proportionality | 01/28/09 Jeff McMahan, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Israeli officials insist that their attacks on Gaza were judiciously planned so as to minimize harm to civilians. What role do civilian casualties play in assessing the justice of war?

Public Ethics Radio: Discretionary Time | 01/09/09 Robert E. Goodin, Lina Eriksson, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson What does it mean to live well? Robert Goodin and Lina Eriksson discover that income figures don’t tell the whole story. Missing from this picture is the degree of control an individual has over how her time is spent.

Public Ethics Radio: Larry Temkin on Extending Human Lifespans | 12/03/08 Larry S. Temkin, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson What would a world in which everyone lived beyond 100 be like? Would it really be worth it for us?

Public Ethics Radio: Larry May on Habeas Corpus | 10/28/08 Larry May, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Are habeas corpus petitions, as Barack Obama put it, "the foundation of Anglo-American law"? Or are they just nuisance lawsuits, as John McCain claims?

Public Ethics Radio: Leif Wenar on the Resource Curse | 10/07/08 Leif Wenar, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson There is a powerful case that corporations and countries that buy natural resources from bad actors in developing countries are violating the property rights of the people of those countries.

Public Ethics Radio: Jessica Wolfendale on Torture Lite | 09/18/08 Jessica Wolfendale, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson We now know that the U.S. officially sanctions and regularly employs interrogation tactics that push legal and moral boundaries. In this episode, Jessica Wolfendale sits down with Christian Barry to determine where those boundaries lie.

Public Ethics Radio: Thomas Pogge on Pharmaceutical Innovation | 09/02/08 Thomas Pogge, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson Philosopher Thomas Pogge explains his proposal for dealing with the thorny intersection of public health, property rights, and poverty. As he sees it, the patent system doesn't work as well for medicines as it does for, say, consumer electronics.

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