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March 15, 2004


The University of Manchester has hired the Safeway poisoner, a man convicted of attempted murder for trying to kill his wife and spiking drinks at a supermarket chain as a diversion. What is he to teach? Ethics, of course. Another expert in ethics defends the decision and in so doing demonstrates the meaning of the expression "too clever by half."

Medical ethics lecturer Piers Benn told Reuters criminal convictions and teaching ethics were not necessarily mutually exclusive.

"Normally people who get into moral philosophy do so because they care about making the world a better place or putting things right," said Benn, of Imperial College London. "But I can't see any logical contradiction between being able to think about ethical questions and being able to do rather criminal acts."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 15, 2004 11:19 AM