Same-Sex Marriage: A Case for “Yes”

First published on The Conversation, 11 September 2017. [Note: This piece is specifically about the current process in Australia. It does, however, raise more general issues about the legitimacy and
First published on The Conversation, 11 September 2017. [Note: This piece is specifically about the current process in Australia. It does, however, raise more general issues about the legitimacy and [More]

Not conservative, reactionary: The flawed case against same-sex marriage

Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle The time has come for Australia to provide for same-sex marriages. This would reflect the countries with which we compare ourselves, including the US and
Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle The time has come for Australia to provide for same-sex marriages. This would reflect the countries with which we compare ourselves, including the US and [More]

A crisis of commitment

A reasonable line of thought can give rise to a crisis of commitment: Many a commitment requires persistence or willpower, especially in the face of temptation. A straightforward example is the
A reasonable line of thought can give rise to a crisis of commitment: Many a commitment requires persistence or willpower, especially in the face of temptation. A straightforward example is the [More]

For Better or Worse Reasoning Free on Amazon 2/23/2015-2/27/2015

The Kindle version of my book about the arguments against same sex-marriage will be free on Amazon (all countries) from February 23, 2015 to February 27, 2015. Here is the link to the Amazon.com
The Kindle version of my book about the arguments against same sex-marriage will be free on Amazon (all countries) from February 23, 2015 to February 27, 2015. Here is the link to the Amazon.com [More]

Lock up your wives!

Here’s a starkly misogynous artifact: the mid-20th-century marriage-advice column.The husband is always right (even when he’s very wrong)…
Here’s a starkly misogynous artifact: the mid-20th-century marriage-advice column.The husband is always right (even when he’s very wrong)… [More]

World’s most cerebral marriage

Derek Parfit is committed to philosophy, white shirts, yogurt, and Janet Radcliffe-Richards. This is the world’s most cerebral romance…
Derek Parfit is committed to philosophy, white shirts, yogurt, and Janet Radcliffe-Richards. This is the world’s most cerebral romance… [More]

Utah, Same-Sex Marriage & The Procreation Argument

As a general rule, I would contend that if something is morally wrong, then it should be possible to present non-fallacious and reasonable arguments to show that it is wrong.  I would also probably
As a general rule, I would contend that if something is morally wrong, then it should be possible to present non-fallacious and reasonable arguments to show that it is wrong.  I would also probably [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part III

As Bertrand Russell moved from relationship to relationship, Russell eased into old age with Edith, his fourth wife and something with whom he experienced 'great happiness.' During this time, something appears to have changed in his temperment as well--a mellowness and comfort with life. Did his relationship with Edith help him finally discover something he sought all his life? [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part IV

Bertrand Russell may have learned at the end of his life something that may have given him more peace and identity had he learned it earlier. His seeming inability to maintain a solid, loving relationship with a single woman was a symptom of a much more significant issue. By looking at his life, we possibly can save our own.
Bertrand Russell may have learned at the end of his life something that may have given him more peace and identity had he learned it earlier. His seeming inability to maintain a solid, loving relationship with a single woman was a symptom of a much more significant issue. By looking at his life, we possibly can save our own. [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part I

Russell springs to mind hunched over a cluttered bureau, suckling the temples of his spectacles in deep coitus with a battered tome, caring not for what might lie beyond its pages. This image is not, however, entirely accurate; he was not so musty and desolate in the way of his pigeonhole. He is remembered grandly as a philosopher, a mathematician, a revolutionary—but by no means least as a philanderer. [More]