This week's Analysis presenter Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards
BBC Radio 4's Analysis: Thought Experiments is broadcast on Sunday 28 June at 21.30 BST.
How do we make society morally better?
Some moral philosophers argue that we need to approach this old question in a completely different way - with experiments.
These involve, among other things, baking bread, leaving coins in telephone kiosks, and asking whether it's acceptable to eat the pet dog.
These new breed of so-called 'experimental philosophers' are abandoning their armchairs - and they're describing themselves as a movement.
Part of their aim is to discover what kinds of moral creatures we humans are - how we act in practice.
The results are fascinating. But is it one thing to make discoveries about how we do behave but quite another to work out how we should behave?
In this addition of Analysis, Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards, of Oxford University's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, asks whether insights into our moral character can tell us anything about how we should shape society.
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