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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...
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Stacking Time-Relative Interests
Jeff McMahan, in The Ethics of Killing , introduces the notion of a 'time-relative interest' in one's future life possibilities,...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Ideological Ascent and Asymmetry
There's a certain dialectical move I sometimes see, wherein you criticize someone's political conduct as unreasonable on grounds tha...
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Normativity for Value Realists
At the recent Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (great conference, btw), I was surprised to learn that Alastair Norcross doesn't believe i...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Does Welfare have Diminishing Marginal Value?
Many people are drawn to the Prioritarian view that "Benefiting people matters more the worse off these people are." ( Parfit 199...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Options without Constraints
Now up at PEA Soup . (Related to my earlier post, ' When Killing is Worse Than Letting Die ', but with a neater framing / set-up, I ...
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