You may have heard of Peter Singer, moral philosopher and professor of bioethics at Princeton University and an influential thinker in the world of secular ethics. He is a proponent of utilitarianism, an approach to ethics in which decisions are evaluated based on what accomplishes the "greatest good of the greatest number."
Sentience--the capacity for sensing, feeling, and awareness--has primary value in Singer's ethical reasoning, thus a fully grown dog may have greater sentience than a newborn child and thus deserve greater consideration in ethical decision making. Singer is quite forthright--and hauntingly consistent--in his assertion that not only is abortion morally permissible, but even infanticide.
Dr. Wicks has agreed to a phone interview during the Thursday's show, beginning about 5:15pm. We'll discuss Camosy's advocacy for greater rapprochement with Singer, and why Wicks considers Camosy's arguments largely dubious, even while agreeing that Christian ethicists must continue to engage Singer's ideas, in order to "better understand their disagreements" with him. We'll also discuss why utilitarianism seems like an attractive ethical framework for a growing number of people.