Below are some papers exploring aspects and implications of
the Principle of Goodness. As ethics is involved in just about
everything, these papers can range across almost any subjects.
More will be added, and feel free to contribute!
Protecting Individual Identity and Diversity in a United
World: a new basis in fundamental ethical theory
This is the paper presented at UNESCO's Eighth
International Conference on Philosophy and Culture: Unity and
Diversity in Religion and Culture, held in Seattle,
Uncovering the Planetary Ethic
There is increasing recognition of the need for a Planetary
Ethic; this paper investigates some requirements of such an
ethic, and how they are met by the Principle of Goodness.
(Virtual presentation at the Fourth International Conference
on New Directions in the Humanities, July 2006.)
The Principle of Goodness and Other Ethical Systems
A paper comparing goodness with utilitarianism, Kantian
ethics, and others.
Goodness and Religion
A paper showing teachings similar to the Principle as
found in many scriptures of world religions.
Goodness and Reality
Investigates one conception of reality within which the
Principle of Goodness might be understood, and shows the
viability of this conception by producing a comparable viable
interpretation of quantum mechanics.
The Ethical Dimension Of Human Nature: A New Realist Theory
Discusses Goodness from an individual perspective and as an
integrating concept in relation to three kinds of ethical
theory. Presented at the Third International Conference on
New Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge, England.
A New Way Needs a New Foundation: The Principle of Goodness, Law, and Society
Discusses some consequences of the Principle for laws and
society, emphasising the need for inclusion at foundational
levels, such as, in the case of the state, the constitutional.
Presented at the Third International Conference on New
Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge, England.
The Death Penalty and the Principle of Goodness
This is perhaps the first paper in which the Principle of
Goodness is applied to a directly practical problem of great
interest and importance (and controversy) in the world today. It is
very encouraging that the abstract Principle can be used to get
concrete guidance on such a significant issue.
(Presentation at the 2007 conference of the Australasian
Association of Philosophy, July 2007.)