The Radical Secularist

The End of Journalism: Death by Suicide

In a fairly recent Op-Ed–or was it a miscategorized Obituary?– New York Times columnist and political ‘pundit’, David Brooks announced the “End of (Moral) Philosophy.”  (Click here for link to article.)  As many commentators have been quick to point out, Mr. Brooks’s breaking news of moral philosophy’s demise had been based on rumors greatly exaggerated.  But as philosophers […]

Olbermann to Obama: “Mr. President you’re wrong!”

Amidst the controversy over President Obama’s decision to declassify Justice Department memos pertaining to CIA interrogative tactics, MSNBC  ‘Countdown’ host, Keith Olberman criticized the president for excusing the actions of those involved in the alleged torture of al Qaeda suspects, on the ground that they were made to believe that their actions were consistent with […]

Hayden’s ‘Outer Limits’ are Against the Law

[E]ngaging in a semantic debate over whether the interrogative practices, which by the admission of many former members of the Bush administration are, as Hayden put it, at the “outer limits” of law are sufficiently intensive to constitute torture is to be complicit in if not their overt endorsement then certainly in their being enacted.

The end of the medical conscientious objector

The Obama administration has repealed a federal rule instituted by the Bush administration permiting medical professionals to refuse procedures to patients on the grounds of their moral (read religious) commitments. As CNN reports, Christian physicians are protesting the measure.

David Brooks declares the End of Philosophy in the NYT

Op-Ed Columnist The End of Philosophy By DAVID BROOKS Published: April 6, 2009 Socrates talked. The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think through moral problems. Find a just principle. Apply it. Skip to next […]