Healthcare providers use philosophy to make decisions from hot button issues such as abortion and euthanasia to big picture questions such as healthcare rationing. Associate Professor Bernadette Tobin works with them to guide the decision-making process.
An increasing number of people face the difficult question of how to relate to parents and partners suffering from dementia. Dr Steve Matthews looks at how the philsophical understanding of the nature of self can guide carers with everyday dilemmas.
The greatest good for the greatest number is a moral mantra for many but it can lead to exploitation of the few. Dr David Killoren explores a hybrid form of utilitarianism that makes space for the value of individuals and human relationships.
Stephen Hawking famously claimed that philosophy was dead in the face of advances in physics. But the next advances in science may need metaphysics to enable us to rethink our concept of time or to develop new kinds of mathematics, argues Dr Sam Baron.
Australia should close its borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Banks should offer discounts to first home buyers. Greenpeace should stick to legal protests. If you’ve ever made one of these statements - or something like them – you’ve entered into the thorny philosophical territory about the relationship between individual and group duties.