Ethics

Transformative Experience

If you can’t choose to have a child the way you choose dessert, how can you choose rationally? L.A. Paul reveals the problem of foresight and modern decision-making.

Facing Down Death

No matter how accomplished, no matter how many titles and beach houses they accumulate, men crave some kind of red badge.

Ethics as a Work of Charity

How can it be true both that a person can be virtuous regardless of faith, and that faith is crucial for how we live? David Decosimo presents "prophetic Thomism."

'Lawful but Awful'

In defending the use of drones, Obama has classical just-war tradition on his side. But just-war tradition has come to be read in a new and legalistic way.

Will We Torture Again?

Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again? In light of reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, I fear we can't.

Letters | Deciding to die in America

Continuing the debate on programs like POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment).

The Commonweal Catholic

Commonweal writers represent a heritage that traces all the way back to the greatest of early Christian theologians.

As We Lie Dying

Most of us remain woefully unprepared for life’s final transition. One way of addressing this problem is the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment paradigm.

Hunger Games

The central problem in most modern famines was never an absolute lack of food. At issue was distribution.

Just-War Illusions

The just-war pacifist begins with a thoroughly realist assumption—that foreign policy is seldom if ever guided by rigorous just-war precepts.

Botched Arguments

Making sure late-term abortions are done only to save the life of the mother—under the safest conditions possible—should be something both sides can agree on.

Just Warriors, Unjust Wars?

Catholics have special reason to care about Jeff McMahan’s work on the question of just war and the debates it has sparked.
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Book Reviews

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 1 comment

God's Bankers

April 16, 2015 | 1 comment

The World Beyond Your Head

April 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Transformative Experience

February 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Ethics as a Work of Charity

January 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Natural Enemies?

February 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Pulling Up the Ladder

September 17, 2012 | 0 comments