An Interview with John Feinberg on Ethics for a Brave New World

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John and Paul Feinberg’s Ethics for a Brave New World, now in a revised and update edition, is my go-to book for ethical questions.

You can read online for free the prefaces, table of contents, and the first chapter on ethical and moral decision-making.

Recently I was able to sit down with Professor Feinberg to talk about a few issues related to the book. I’ve tried to outline our conversation (with time-stamps) below:

0:00-1:00 Origin of the book
1:00-2:00 What has changed in the last 20 years requiring a new edition?
2:00-3:30 Why this is not just an academic project but has personal stories behind it
3:30-6:45 How Feinberg approaches ethics and ethical theory
6:45-9:25 How to think ethically about issues that weren’t around during biblical times
9:25-13:25 How to think through moral dilemmas
13:25-15:00 The importance of clarity in writing on ethics
15:00-21:00 Is in vitro fertilization morally permissible?
21:00-23:15 Ethical issues related to genetic engineering, gene therapy, etc.

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