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On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016 by


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 […]

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


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 […]

Does Blameworthiness Require Wrongdoing?

February 11, 2013 by


A commonly held presupposition is that a person can be blameworthy only for acts that are considered morally wrong. I’ll refer to this as the ‘blameworthiness requires wrongness’ (BW) principle. Recently, a few philosophers began denying this principle citing cases where it is morally permissible to act in a certain way even though such acts […]

Why Neither Candidate Should Get Our Vote.

November 6, 2012 by


Below is a quoted segment of this piece. In it, MacIntyre argues that we should not cast a vote for either candidate. Quite the take. Though I agree with his take on the presidency I still think people should vote for particular issues on the ballot as those votes will matter in their respective states. […]