Are Private Schools Morally Permissible?

I believe that the existence of private schools does violate equality of opportunity, at least in one of its forms. However, I do not believe that the corollary of this should be their proscription. As this essay will attempt to show, I believe that private schools are not just morally permissible but moral requisites. In doing this, I shall present the strongest arguments against private education and illustrate the weaknesses in each one. In particular, I consider the ideas of John Rawls and Adam Swift. John Rawls To understand Rawls’ stance, one must revert back to his two principles of […]

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Seneca’s ‘On The Shortness Of Life’ In A 21st Century Context

Seneca the Younger (5 BC – 65 AD) was a Stoic philosopher and advisor to the emperor Nero. His fascinating life came to a rather abrupt halt when he was told to commit suicide following accusations of his involvement in a famous plot to kill Nero, although it is commonly accepted that Seneca was probably innocent. His book ‘On The Shortness Of Life’, rather poetically, concerns the way in which humans might make proper use of the ample time nature provides us with to live a fulfilled life. We never quite know when everything will come to an end. If you […]

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The Best Argument Against Moral Realism, And The Reason Ethics Is Still More Important Than Ever

Moral realism refers to a world in which moral facts exist – there are objective ethical standards which can be discovered by humans. However, this world is not the one we live in, and I shall explain the best argument against moral realism below.     This morning I was watching an interesting interview that popped up on YouTube, when something someone said struck a chord. A political commentator was arguing that recent times in the UK illustrate a failure of our society to educate people on the difference between right and wrong. But does this make sense? Further, what […]

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