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Assisted Suicide and Personal Autonomy: Freedom of Choice …But Only for the Sick

September 22, 2015 by


On Friday of last week, the state legislature of California passed a bill to allow assisted suicide. If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill into law, California will become the fifth state in the Union to make assisted suicide legal. How do advocates of assisted suicide justify allowing doctors to assist people in killing themselves? […]

Neuroethics Symposium On Focquaert & Schermer’s, “Moral Enhancement: Do Means Matter Morally?”

August 28, 2015 by


There is a great symposium taking place over at the Brains Blog on Focquaert & Shermer’s paper in Neuroethics titled “Moral Enhancement: Do MeansMatter Morally” (See here). Disclaimer: I am one of the commentators on the piece. My commentary can be found here. The symposium is a bit different than most in that there is a […]

On Sustaining Life.

June 15, 2015 by


This past weekend, the philosophy department here at the University of Calgary hosted a conference on Sustainability with a focus on intergenerational justice. A topic of much debate was what exactly should be sustained/left for future generations. Now, I am very much an outsider to this debate, but one candidate of a necessary (but insufficient) […]

She knows the sound of my motorbike…

April 10, 2015 by


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…

Luck, Choice, and Rationing Health Care

January 12, 2015 by


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 […]

Should Athletes Be Allowed To Enhance Their Abilities?

August 26, 2013 by


Why are performance enhancement drugs illegal in sport? In this short post I will grossly generalize three main arguments given in favor of banning substances and practices that allow one to enhance their abilities: (i) arguments from harm, (ii) arguments from integrity of the sport, and (iii) arguments from justice and fairness.  The latest suspensions […]

Concussions and Informed Consent

June 10, 2013 by


My soon to be 10 year old step-son wants to play football. I guess this should not come as a surprise. He has watched me get entertained by the sport for as long as he can remember. I taught him how to throw a football, run a crisp stop and go, and had many discussions […]


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