Evolution and Ethics

T.H. Huxley – Darwin’s “bulldog” – was an eminent scientist, an ardent believer in evolution, and a fierce critic of scientific triumphalism…
T.H. Huxley – Darwin’s “bulldog” – was an eminent scientist, an ardent believer in evolution, and a fierce critic of scientific triumphalism… [More]

Medbots, Autodocs & Telemedicine

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/481844255 In science fiction stories, movies and games automated medical services are quite common. Some take the form of autodocs—essentially an autonomous robotic
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/481844255 In science fiction stories, movies and games automated medical services are quite common. Some take the form of autodocs—essentially an autonomous robotic [More]

#Gamergate, Video Game Wars, & Evil

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/106748964 As a gamer, philosopher and human being, I was morally outraged when I learned of the latest death threats against Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian, who is
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/106748964 As a gamer, philosopher and human being, I was morally outraged when I learned of the latest death threats against Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian, who is [More]

Professional Philosophers' Susceptibility to Order Effects and Framing Effects in Evaluating Moral Dilemmas

Fiery Cushman and I have a new paper in draft, exploring the question of whether professional philosophers' judgments about moral dilemmas are less influenced than non-philosophers' by factors such
Fiery Cushman and I have a new paper in draft, exploring the question of whether professional philosophers' judgments about moral dilemmas are less influenced than non-philosophers' by factors such [More]

Where Do You Belong? Divergent and Plato's Republic

Hollywood loves turning books into movies. So what would Plato’s The Republic look like on the big screen? I would wager money it would look something similar to the movie Divergent.
Hollywood loves turning books into movies. So what would Plato’s The Republic look like on the big screen? I would wager money it would look something similar to the movie Divergent. [More]

IAI Debate: Escaping the Moral Maze

How should we think about moral principles? Are they still relevant and necessary or is society hiding behind them to foster prejudice and inequality? This IAI debate explores these questions.
How should we think about moral principles? Are they still relevant and necessary or is society hiding behind them to foster prejudice and inequality? This IAI debate explores these questions. [More]

Lawful Good

As I have written in other posts on alignments, it is often useful to look at the actual world in terms of the D&D alignment system. In this essay, I will look at the alignment that many players
As I have written in other posts on alignments, it is often useful to look at the actual world in terms of the D&D alignment system. In this essay, I will look at the alignment that many players [More]

Getting High for Higher Education

Two major problems faced by the United States are the war on drugs and the problems of higher education. I will make an immodest proposal intended to address both problems. In the case of higher
Two major problems faced by the United States are the war on drugs and the problems of higher education. I will make an immodest proposal intended to address both problems. In the case of higher [More]

Neutral Good

My previous essays on alignments have focused on the evil ones (lawful evil, neutral evil and chaotic evil). Patrick Lin requested this essay. He professes to be a devotee of Neutral Evil to such a
My previous essays on alignments have focused on the evil ones (lawful evil, neutral evil and chaotic evil). Patrick Lin requested this essay. He professes to be a devotee of Neutral Evil to such a [More]

Obligations to Others: Hunger in America

In my previous essay, I considered various stock arguments in favor of the claim that we have obligations to people we do not know. In this essay I will consider a rather concrete matter of
In my previous essay, I considered various stock arguments in favor of the claim that we have obligations to people we do not know. In this essay I will consider a rather concrete matter of [More]