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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 […]

Grinworthy Quotes (5)

January 7, 2015 by

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Here is a quote from Moses Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed (M. Friedlaender trans., 1923, p. 263) that is particularly appropriate for the holiday season: Wine may be treated as food, if taken as such, but to form parties for the purpose of drinking wine together must be considered more disgraceful than the unrestrained conduct […]

Grinworthy Quotes (3)

October 30, 2014 by

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Sorry for the gap between quotes. Here is Giovanni Boccaccio on philosophers and marriage from The early lives of Dante (New York: Frederick Unger, 1963, pp. 24–5): Philosopher’s should leave [marriage] to wealthy fools, to noblemen, and to peasants, while they themselves find delight in philosophy, a far better bride than any other. I doubt […]

University of Calgary Graduate Workshop on Gender Equality in Philosophy

November 13, 2013 by

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I am pleased to announce that the University of Calgary Philosophy Department will be having a workshop on Gender Equality in Philosophy. Our discipline has a gender problem and the purpose of the workshop is to introduce the graduate student body to some of the important factual, theoretical, and practical debates regarding this problem. Broadly, […]

A Dilemma Concerning Moral Obligation

November 4, 2013 by

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There seems to be a dilemma that has not been addressed much in the literature (a dilemma I have hinted at in the past) that concerns freedom and the deontic appraisals of moral obligation, right, and wrong. The dilemma arises when we combine the hard incompatibilist stance regarding the truth of two doctrines coupled with […]

Submitting to Conferences

August 26, 2013 by

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I recently posed a question over at The Philosopher’s Cocoon regarding whether or not one should apply to multiple conferences that have the same date. I’d be curious to hear from those in the discipline on whether one should do so. Thanks in advance. -Justin

Hard Incompatibilism and Ethics: Some Concerns

July 1, 2013 by

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If we think that ethics is supposed to tell us what we ought to do (this is the common understanding of ethics see here), and, if our conception of right and wrong is derived from our sense of moral obligation then the thesis of hard incompatibilism poses a serious threat to any ethical system that incorporates […]