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Thursday, April 02, 2020
Pandemic Moral Failures: How Conventional Morality Kills
If invited to consider moral errors people have made in relation to the current pandemic, some obvious candidates likely to spring to mind (...
Sunday, March 22, 2020
"Lives" are the Wrong Measure
When thinking about triage situations, it's common for people to assume that saving lives (as many of them as possible) should be our m...
Sunday, March 15, 2020
No Utility Cascades
Max Hayward has an interesting paper, 'Utility Cascades', forthcoming in Analysis . We're told: " Utility Cascades occur...
Friday, February 28, 2020
Who's Responsible for Offset Harms?
Here's a fun puzzle (that I owe to Caspar Hare): Polluter is trying to work out how to dispose of her toxic waste barrel economically, w...
Thursday, February 27, 2020
A New Paradox of Deontology
[ Update: I wrote a better version of this argument over at PEA Soup .] There's something odd about the view that it'd be wrong to...
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Emergence and Incremental Impact
In ' What’s Wrong with Joyguzzling? ', Kingston and Sinnott-Armstrong claim that individual greenhouse gas emissions never make a di...
Thursday, February 06, 2020
When is Inefficacy Objectionable?
There's something I find puzzling about the dialectic on this issue . Many philosophers suggest that there is an "inefficacy pro...
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Nefsky on Tiny Chances and Tiny Differences
In her Philosophy Compass survey article, ' Collective Harm and the Inefficacy Problem ', Julia Nefsky expresses skepticism about a...
Monday, January 20, 2020
Yang/Warren: that's the ticket!
There's a lot to be said for Yang as a presidential candidate: he's funny and likeable (able to use humour to deflate Trump's ch...
Friday, January 10, 2020
My favourite story from Simon Beard's Parfit Bio : "Like my cat, I often simply do what I want to do." This was the opening ...
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