Econoblog: Moral hazard on rails

What's the difference between a bank and a rail company? Not much, in the sense that the taxpayer will always come along to save the business if it is threatened with failure.

Eco Chic: Should we wear a uniform?

Last week I blithely ended my column by saying that to be fashionably ethical what we need to do is to buy fewer clothes.

Phillip Blond: Without a concept of virtue our politics and our banks are doomed

In all the clamour and rage of the expenses crisis, the fundamental issue remains wholly unaddressed: that of the value system that allowed such abuses in the first place.

Credo: Richard Madeley

Television presenter, 52

Philosophy, ed David Papineau

Philosophy has six sections – World, Mind and Body, Knowledge, Faith, Ethics and Aesthetics, and Society – and every one is written by a professor in the field. It is printed on thick, luxury-quality paper and lavishly illustrated, with colour pictures of famous philosophers and mood pictures of outer space, book-lined studies, running horses... It is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. But the inevitable result of squeezing all of philosophy into one book is a loss of detail: Kant is compressed into three pages (though he is referenced elsewhere in the book). Sometimes explanation is simply not there, as in: "It seems there can be infinities of different sizes". Seems? (The explanation is well-known in mathematics – the set of fractions is of a greater order of infinity than the set of integers, for the latter could not be mapped one-to-one on to the former).

Steve Connor: This procedure can't be ethical until it is proven safe

The ethics of human cloning centre on whether the technique is medically safe, both for the mother and, more importantly, for the child, because of the risk that cloned embryos may have severe congenital defects and other developmental problems.

Amol Rajan: Tesco profits and morality

Corporate success stories and recessions make uncomfortable bedfellows.

Robot wars: The rise of artificial intelligence

They can entertain children, feed the elderly, care for the sick. But warnings are being sounded about the march of robots

The Ten Best Ethical Gifts

Spare your conscience and opt for ethical gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.

Ethical investing learns how to turn a profit – at last

Greed can also do good. Simon Evans reports

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/by-sophie-mor-1.html">Ethics Girl: Any ideas on sustainable energy?</a>

If you've got an excellent idea for a sustainable energy project up your sleeve but the credit crisis is putting the crunch on your funding, get your skates on and apply for an Ashden Award.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/by-sophie-morri.html">Ethics Girl: We all make mistakes</a>

You might not be able to see me blushing via this clever web disguise, but Ethics Girl is feeling a little shame-faced today.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/ethics_girl/index.html" target="_blank">Ethics Girl: The Eco Wedding</a>

If you have a wedding to plan imminently, no doubt you'll have reached for our special marriage magazine, free with today's paper. If you've got to the frustrating stage of list-making and and adding up how much it all may cost, you might be already having a re-think.

Exams watchdog faces legal fight over humanism

The Government's exams watchdog faces legal action over its refusal to allow the study of humanism in the religious studies GCSE.

Marilyn Stowe: A last chance to have it all

I've seen a significant rise in the number of people getting divorced in their fifties and sixties. There are a number of reasons, one of which is that as a generation, they've got wealthier, healthier and have higher life expectancies.

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