Today's Bioethicists Are the Furthest Thing from Ethical

From my university days I remember a rude joke about the land of Crocodile Dundee. Question: "What's the smallest book in the world?" Answer: "The history of Australian philosophy." (I used to chortle at this, too—until I met the author of a 250-page history of Australian philosophy with very fine print.) But you shouldn't laugh at Australian philosophy nowadays; you should weep.

I don't know what it is about Australia—perhaps it's something in the beer—but the best-known Aussie philosophers are loopy bioethicists. Ah, you say, he's talking about Peter Singer, who was once called by The New Yorker the most influential...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #7, Winter 2008 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo7/oxymorons


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