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Friday, September 24, 2021
Agency as a Force for Good
One fundamental reason for favouring consequentialism is the basic teleological intuition that the primary purpose of agency is to realize...
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Helen interviewed on Idealism
In a rare online appearance, Helen is interviewed on Mind Chat by Philip Goff and Keith Frankish about her book-in-progress, The View Fro...
Companies, Cities, and Carbon
This is terrible journalism: While [donating $1 billion to protect forests] is certainly notable, Bezos’s commitment to protecting the envi...
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Discounting Illicit Benefits
In ' The Means and the Good ' ( Analysis , forthcoming) Matthew Oliver argues that pluralist consequentialists can accommodate intui...
Sunday, September 05, 2021
JCVI endorses Status Quo Bias
The UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recently recommended against vaccinating children under 16 against Covid, des...
Friday, September 03, 2021
Sauce for the Gander
The Texas anti-abortion law enshrines the idea that others' interests legally trump an individual's right to bodily integrity. Of c...
Thursday, September 02, 2021
Tendentious Terminology in Ethics
Ethical theorists may sometimes engage in "persuasive definition": re-defining an evocative phrase for their own purposes, in a wa...
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
The Ethics of "Off-Label" Vaccinations for Kids
The WSJ reports that some parents hope to get their kids (under 12) vaccinated against Covid, as "the FDA’s approval generally means v...
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Why Constraints are Agent Neutral
My previous post argued that deontologists must prefer not to violate deontic constraints , or those constraints would lack normative signif...
Friday, August 20, 2021
Preferring to Act Wrongly
Deontologists hold that it's wrong to kill an innocent person, even to prevent five other such killings. Does it follow that they should...
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