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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 ...
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
2019 (and '18) in review
(Past annual reviews: 2017 , 2016 , 2015 , 2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008 , 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , and 2004 .) I didn't ...
Monday, December 30, 2019
Comparing US vs UK Academia
Having been back in the US for a full year now, it's interesting to compare how differently academia works here compared to in the UK (w...
Sunday, December 08, 2019
What Compassionate Conservatism Could Be
The old conservative ideology held that low taxes on the rich were essential for economic growth, the benefits would "trickle down"...
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
How to Make a Difference
Steven Hales complains that we (folk and academic ethicists alike) focus too much on individual action: We like to believe that when it c...
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Police Shootings: Mortal Threats vs Tragic Mistakes
Police sometimes face mortal threats. They also face innocent people whom they mistakenly judge to pose a mortal threat. If too slow to r...
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Value of Academic Research
Michael Huemer argues that "the benefits of the vast majority of academic research are tiny at best, possibly negative, and much less ...
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Is Price-Gouging Good?
My Contemporary Moral Issues class had a lot of fun discussing Zwolinski's defence of price gouging recently. I thought it might be w...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Worthless Harm-Prevention and Non-Existence
We typically assume that it's really important to prevent great harms. And indeed, usually it is. But there are at least a couple of e...
Acquired Tastes and Necessary Interests
Suppose that what time-relative interests you'll have in future depends upon what decision you make now. For example, in McMahan's...
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