Mount St. Mary’s University I: Duty of Loyalty

Embed from Getty Images Mount St. Mary’s University, a well-respected Catholic institution, has recently been dragged into a public relation disaster by President Simon Newman. It started when
Embed from Getty Images Mount St. Mary’s University, a well-respected Catholic institution, has recently been dragged into a public relation disaster by President Simon Newman. It started when [More]

An empirical refutation of "ought" implies "can"

In a beautiful series of studies, a research team from Duke empirically refutes strong versions of the "ought" implies "can"
In a beautiful series of studies, a research team from Duke empirically refutes strong versions of the "ought" implies "can" [More]

Professor Gun Ban

Embed from Getty Images While all states allow for concealed carry, schools have generally been areas of exemption. As this is being written, my adopted state of Florida is considering a bill that
Embed from Getty Images While all states allow for concealed carry, schools have generally been areas of exemption. As this is being written, my adopted state of Florida is considering a bill that [More]

Expected Value without Expecting Value

I'm currently teaching a class on "Effective Altruism" (vaguely related to this old idea, but based around MacAskill's new book).  One of the most interesting and surprising (to me) results so
I'm currently teaching a class on "Effective Altruism" (vaguely related to this old idea, but based around MacAskill's new book).  One of the most interesting and surprising (to me) results so [More]

Incentives, Taxes, & Inequality

Embed from Getty Images One stock argument against increasing taxes on the rich in order to address income inequality is a disincentive argument. The gist of the argument is that if taxes are raised
Embed from Getty Images One stock argument against increasing taxes on the rich in order to address income inequality is a disincentive argument. The gist of the argument is that if taxes are raised [More]

Incentive & Inequality

Embed from Getty Images One of the stock arguments used to justify income inequality is the incentive argument. The gist is that income inequality is necessary as a motivating factor—crudely put, if
Embed from Getty Images One of the stock arguments used to justify income inequality is the incentive argument. The gist is that income inequality is necessary as a motivating factor—crudely put, if [More]

Philosopher of the month: Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe

The OUP Philosophy team have selected Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe as their January Philosopher of the Month. Anscombe was born in Limerick, Ireland, and spent much of her education at the
The OUP Philosophy team have selected Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe as their January Philosopher of the Month. Anscombe was born in Limerick, Ireland, and spent much of her education at the [More]

David Bowie

David Bowie, the artist and actor, died on January 11, 2016. While I would not categorize myself as a fan of any artist, I do admit that I felt some sadness when I learned of his death. I must also
David Bowie, the artist and actor, died on January 11, 2016. While I would not categorize myself as a fan of any artist, I do admit that I felt some sadness when I learned of his death. I must also [More]

Occupying & Protesting

Embed from Getty Images Ammon Bundy and fellow “militia” members occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon as a protest of federal land use policies. Ammon Bundy is the son of Cliven
Embed from Getty Images Ammon Bundy and fellow “militia” members occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon as a protest of federal land use policies. Ammon Bundy is the son of Cliven [More]

Utility & The Martian

Embed from Getty Images I recently got around to watching The Martian, a science fiction film about the effort to rescue an astronaut from Mars. Matt Damon, who is often rescued in movies, plays
Embed from Getty Images I recently got around to watching The Martian, a science fiction film about the effort to rescue an astronaut from Mars. Matt Damon, who is often rescued in movies, plays [More]