Hi everyone, hard to believe Science and Ethics is almost over - but here we are.
For your oral exam, here are the questions and conversation themes I have in mind. We'll discuss two or three of them, and to do well you should know (a) how these topics came up over the semester and which philosophers have something to say about them, (b) some of the philosophical problems surrounding these questions, and (c) you should have given some thought to how you would answer the question, because as always, I am interested in your considered opinion on the matter.
(1) Are the social (or soft) sciences inferior to the hard (or natural) sciences?
(2) Does science progress?
(3) Are the entities described by theories but not directly experienced (e.g. electrons, black holes) real?
(4) Do we have duties (or other moral obligations) toward islands?
(5) Do we have duties (or other moral obligations) toward animals?
(6) If we could manipulate embryos to make children stronger, healthier or more intelligent, should we, or must we?
(7) Do we need to understand something about ethics if we want to understand science?
Every week I'll add some information about what we discussed in class.