Free Speech and Safe Space

September 22, 2016
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I’ve debated for a little while about whether or not to write about the ongoing cultural discussion on “free speech” and “safe space” protections on campuses. Of course, this seems a large and timely topic, given the presence of the University of Chicago letter. (I will come to the Chicago letter a bit late in […]

New Contributor: Celso Neto

September 17, 2016
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I’m pleased to introduce our new contributor, and my very good friend, Celso Neto.  I first met Celso at a workshop last summer in Gut Siggen, Germany  called “Superorganisms, Organisms, and Suborganisms as Biological Individuals: Individuality in the Life Sciences.”  It was at this workshop I learned of his great interest in the concept of […]

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On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016
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I recently got into a discussion about the ‘ought implies can’ (OIC) principle on social media. The poster suggested that he bought the principle in ethics but maybe not in epistemology. Disclaimer: I buy it wholeheartedly in ethics, and I’m inclined to buy it in epistemology as well. But pulling apart OIC in different realms […]

Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy: A Question from a Candidate

August 30, 2016
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Since I am entering the job market this year, I recently signed up for the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy.  Job candidates are paired with junior faculty and can also be grouped with other candidates for peer support.  I’m excited to be a part of this program and glad to see a […]

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Why is natural better? Or if it isn’t, why do people keep telling me that it is?

August 29, 2016
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 [Caution: this reads like a rant from an old curmudgeon, and so it may be helpful to you to just go ahead and imagine me sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch shouting out rhetorical questions…] Anyone who’s cared to listen to me over the last several years will know that I am […]

Political Possibilities.

August 22, 2016
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With the political turmoil in the US and UK this year, there has been a lot of discussion of the relative merits of democratic forms of government and alternatives (e.g. here and here). Many of the proposed changes seem to me to be unworkable, but others, like a move away from first past the post […]

Posted in: Politcs

Proposition 60, Pornography, and Sex Work

August 14, 2016
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I’ve debated for a long time whether this is something that I wanted to talk about in public writing; I have a lot of thoughts about ethics and sex work, but generally keep them close to the vest. Given that this concerns a health and public policy issue, I thought it appropriate to post my first […]

Posted in: Ethics