Among the various issues in Global Justice that I
address in Morality and Global Justice: Justifications
and Applications (2011-a), international immigration is
one of the most important. Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez
and Julie Kirsch have written sensitive queries about my
position that I will address in order .
Kirsch, Julie E.
In Morality and Global Justice, Michael Boylan
presents us with a set of solutions to some of the world’s
most pressing moral issues. Boylan claims that his
solutions are not utopian; instead, they are practical,
workable policy recommendations that governments
and other organizations should adopt. For the most part,
Boylan is correct; there are no obviously insurmountable
obstacles to implementing many of his recommendations.
But, as he himself admits, his position on immigrants
and refugees borders on the utopian (Boylan 2011,
204). In what follows, I will discuss two concerns
that I have about his position. The first concern (1) is
consequentialist: I fear that implementing a policy of
open borders may lead...
My remarks on Boylan’s ideas on Immigration divide
into four brief sections. First, I describe an exchange
of ideas with Michael Boylan on his earlier book, A
Just Society; second, I turn to his most recent work,
Morality and Global Justice, and focus on his chapter
on immigration; third, while I share the basic thesis of
that chapter, I try to expand the analysis on immigration;
finally, I briefly note harms of immigration caused by the
globalization of production.
Shaw, William H.
In the past three decades, philosophers have delved into applied ethics, pursuing a
surprisingly wide range of practically oriented normative questions, and a number of fields
of applied ethical research and teaching are flourishing. There have, however, been few
comparative studies of different fields in applied ethics, but such studies can, I believe, teach
us something. Accordingly, this essay compares and contrasts business ethics and military
ethics as distinct disciplinary or sub-disciplinary areas. The two subjects might appear to
be worlds apart. Yet there are not only differences, but also intriguing similarities between
them. Specifically, I discuss the skepticism that often greets the idea of both business...
This paper claims that the use of several moral tests to assess the ethics of a new policy
is unavoidable. All the efforts to make credible a methodological monism – by critical or
reductionist strategies – have been unsuccessful; moreover, it must be acknowledged that
even if there were a single test, when applied successively or by different people it would
usually give divergent results. The main aim of the paper is to propose a pluralist procedure
of ethical decision-making, using a set of proper ethical tests (such as utilitarian, Kantian,
Christian, principlist and casuist) in the frame of an “ethical Delphi” procedure intended to
The nuclear disaster that Japan suffered at Fukushima in the months following March 11, 2011
has been compared with other major nuclear disasters, especially, Three Mile Island (1979) and
Chernobyl (1986). It is more like Chernobyl in severity, the only other 7 on the International
Nuclear Event Scale; more like Three Mile Island in long-term effects. Yet Fukushima is not just
another nuclear disaster. In ways important to engineering ethics, it is much more like Katrina’s
destruction of New Orleans than like any nuclear disaster. It is (primarily) a consequence of a
natural disaster, the enormous earthquake and tsunami that wrecked much of northeast Japan.