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Ethical Political Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee Opinion Series

12 October 2016

Throughout 2015 the committee authored an Opinion Series on a range of topics as part of the President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative. 

About This Series

This opinion series explores what ethics currently means to Irish researchers across a variety of disciplines and was led by the RIA Committee for Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies and was a contribution to President Higgins’ Ethics Initiative in 2014/15.

The views and opinions expressed by authors are their own and do not reflect the position of the Academy, but are simply an illustration of the various opinions reflective of the diverse Academy Committee membership.

Ethics Initiative

The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative is the second in a series of public seminars and reflections that President Higgins is holding during his term of office. This series aims to explore, throughout all aspects of society, the topic of ethics and the challenge and invitation of living ethically.

Moral Philosophy: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Jonathan Gorman, MRIA, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast

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The Ethics of Commemorative Practices

Professor Louise Mallinder, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast

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Building Ethical Brains

Professor William T. O’Connor, University of Limerick

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Direct Provision

Dr Yvonne Marie Daly, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University
Dr Noelle Higgins, Department of Law, Maynooth University

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Whistle Blowing

Professor Maeve Cooke, MRIA, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

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The Ethics of Privacy for the Online Citizen

Dr Andrew Power, Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

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Constitutional Questions

Professor John Morison MRIA, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

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