On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on doctrine of double effect, being helpful to a disliked co-worker, collectivism among sports fans, and more. The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Thursday, 29 January 2015. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.

Life Extension

  • Q&A: Cryonics and Life Extension: 14 Aug 2011, Question 2
  • Question: What's the proper view of using cryonics as a means of extending one's life? Suppose there is at least a small chance that, if I am cryonically frozen in the coming years, doctors will be able to revive me at some point in the future. And suppose that the cost is not an impediment – meaning that I don't have to give up any other important values in order to pay. Would this then be morally required because life is the standard of value? Would it be morally optional? Or is there some reason why it would be irrational?

    Tags: Ethics, Health, Life, Life Extension

  • Q&A: The Effects of Immortality on Ethics: 24 Jul 2011, Question 1
  • Question: If science can someday secure immortality, would that affect a person's values and morals? Imagine that scientists discover how to keep our bodies forever young, that all diseases were prevented or cured by nanotechnology, and that we could withstand massive amounts of physical force, virtually all extremes of temperature, and all forms of radiation due to robotic and genetic enhancements. Imagine, in short, that a person could only die by being sucked into a black hole, but that would never happen because we know where all of them are and could easily avoid them. Would this change anything fundamental about human life, particularly about ethics? Given that the Objectivist ethics is founded on the conditionality of life, would and should virtually immortal people still pursue their happiness and other values? Would ethics have to be redefined or put on a new foundation?

    Tags: Ethics, Life Extension, Values

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