It’s hard to believe, but one year ago yesterday, I officially launched The Moral Perspective. At that point, I had no clue whether this blog would last this long. But, alas, we are still here. So, I’d like to reflect for a moment on the past year.

As you can see on the archive, I initially updated this blog several times per day. I soon realized that was taking up too much of my time, and switched to a once daily posting schedule. I hope to continue this pace.

Over the past 12 months, we have explored a wide range of topics. Broadly speaking, the central theme of this blog has been, and will continue to be, the relationship between morality and public life. Or, in other words: how people think about morality, and how their moral beliefs and values shape their own lives and those of others around them.

This has included discussion on subjects that relate specifically to morality: the foundations of secular ethics, differences between secular and religious morality, the nature of belief, pluralist approaches to ethics, moral relativism, consequentialism, the latest studies on moral decision making, how we should feel when people we considered harmful to society die, the arguments for and against vegetarianism, charity, and even whether banking can be an ethical career choice.

But it has also included conversation on issues at the more specific intersection of morality, politics, and law, such as: the myth of the morally neutral government, the link between economics and morality, battles over reproductive rights and marriage equality, drone warfare, drug testing for welfare, freedom of religion and belief, and euthanasia.

In the next year, I plan to explore these areas in more depth, while also branching out to new areas and, of course, keeping you informed on stories related to ethics, religion, science, politics, and law.

Thank you all for your readership and input. I look forward to more of it. Here’s to another year!


Michael De Dora.