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This week,  we’re discussing moral taint and collective responsibility.  We’re asking the question,  “Can we be tainted by the sins of our Fathers?”   You might think that the answer is that we certainly can. Adam and Eve ate that darned  apple and tainted all humankind with Original Sin.    

There's an old saying -- “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.”  That suggests the words “terrorism” and “terrorist” are contested terms. Are these words so entangled in rhetoric and polemics that they're useless for objective philosophical discussion?

Philosophers' Corner Contributor David Livingstone Smith in conversation with primatologist Annette Lanjouw at the Arcus Forum "Less Than Human" in September 2013.

Ken: If I stuck a turd on a plate and called it “Dinner,” would you think that was art?

John: Well, I’d rather call it art than dinner...

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  • July 22, 2014 : Tainted by the Sins of Our Fathers?
    This week,  we’re discussing moral taint and collective responsibility.  We’re asking the...
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