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On the So Called “Grey Areas” of Sexual Consent

May 20, 2017 by

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Sexual consent has been the foundation of sexual ethics for many modern thinkers of sexuality. The notion itself stretches back to at least Immanuel Kant, who presented some arguments for why we should generally respect an individual’s autonomy. Respect for autonomy is the idea that we should respect a person’s capacity to make self-governing decisions […]

Cognitive Dissonance and Philosophy

April 5, 2017 by

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I want to first give credit to the authors of “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)” – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Their talk of cognitive dissonance and the metaphor of the ‘pyramid of choice’ has inspired my comments below. Although the ideas in this book have obvious ramifications for psychology, psychotherapy, political science, […]

CFP: 6th Annual UCalgary Graduate Philosophy Conference – Ethics in the Age of Science

January 20, 2017 by

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CALL FOR PAPERS AND ABSTRACTS   6th Annual University of Calgary Graduate Philosophy Conference Topic: Ethics in the Age of Science   Conference Date: May 3, 2017 – May 4, 2017   This year’s graduate conference topic will be ETHICS IN THE AGE OF SCIENCE. Papers written in any area of applied or normative ethics will be […]

On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016 by

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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 […]

Proposition 60, Pornography, and Sex Work

August 14, 2016 by

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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 […]

When is Pragmatism Irresponsible?

August 10, 2016 by

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When is Pragmatism Irresponsible? Perhaps it has to do with a fractured GOP ostensibly headed by a racist demagogue, or a Democratic party at war with half its base while chanting “unity,” but Olivia Goldhill’s month-old article about the immorality of voting one’s conscience is currently remaking the rounds on social media these days. It […]

On Breed Specific Legislation, Public Safety, and Why The Research Matters

July 16, 2016 by

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There is recent nation-wide attention to animal control issues concerning dogs in Canada.  The target is “pit bulls” or dogs with traits that resemble particular characteristics of breeds included in this generic term.  One common response to serious dog bites and maulings is to lobby for a ban of particular breeds by enacting Breed Specific […]