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The Ethics of Inaction in the Philosophy Profession

May 18, 2015 by

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Earlier this year (in February) I was fortunate enough to present some of my work in St. Louis at the central meeting of the APA. Before I left, I asked (on social media) if any philosophers would be heading down to Ferguson to take part in the protest or to lend a hand more generally, […]

Why is Baltimore Burning?

April 28, 2015 by

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Originally posted on Pleas and Excuses:
Riots have broken out in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, who died due to injuries he received while being transported in a police van. Gray was not buckled in, but was in handcuffs and leg irons, and may have been given a “rough ride,” meaning…

She knows the sound of my motorbike…

April 10, 2015 by

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Originally posted on Laurel Braitman:
…even when I’m still really far away,” said Jon. “She will start calling out for me before I’ve turned down the road.” Jon has been Mosha’s mahout since she was two years old (now she is five). When she was seven months old, and walking with her mother in the…

Republican Senators Just Voted To Sell Off Your National Forests

April 10, 2015 by

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Originally posted on Unofficial Networks:
In case you missed it, almost every Republican Senator just voted to sell our public lands — including National Forests, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas —  to the highest bidder. This is just downright wrong. As Ronald Reagan once said, “The preservation of parks, wilderness, and wildlife has also aided liberty by…

Second-Personal Attitudes From the Heart (by Steve Darwall)

April 8, 2015 by

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Steve Darwall has written a very thoughtful post on a class of reactive attitudes that he dubs “attitudes of the heart”. He writes uses ‘heart’ “in its customary metaphorical sense to refer to that aspect of the human psyche through which we are heartened or disheartened, inspired or deflated, encouraged or discouraged, filled with hope […]

Psychopaths and Moral Responsibility: The State of the Debate

January 20, 2015 by

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My 5th post over at Flickers is up, check it out here. I’ve copied and pasted it below for those not interested in clicking (and following comments). Cheers! In the last post I suggested that moral responsibility may not come in degrees and based on the discussion that ensued it seems that we are pretty […]

Luck, Choice, and Rationing Health Care

January 12, 2015 by

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According to some philosophers, a feature that matters for assessing inequalities is how the inequality comes about. One theory that assesses inequalities in this way is presented by Ronald Dworkin in a position called “luck egalitarianism.” According to the luck egalitarian, a factor that matters when assessing inequalities in a given situation –and whether these […]

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