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Racist jokes may be worse than racist statements

Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse tells her father, “Mr. Knightley loves to find fault with me, you know—in a joke—it is all a joke.” Mr. Knightley isn’t joking, as he and Emma know; he presents his criticisms without a hint of jocularity. But if Emma persuades Mr. Woodhouse to believe Mr. Knightley is joking, he “would not suspect such a circumstance as her not being thought perfect by everyone.” A little over 200 years after Emma was published, the comedian Roseanne Barr defended a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s former adviser, in a further tweet, “It’s a joke—”. The post Racist jokes may be worse than racist statements appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhy Robinson Crusoe is really an urban taleExplaining Freud’s concept of the uncannyIs it right to use intuition as [More]

Is it right to use intuition as evidence?

Dr. Smith is a wartime medic. Five injured soldiers are in critical need of organ transplants: one needs a heart, two need kidneys, and two need lungs. A sixth soldier has come in complaining of a toothache. Reasoning that it’s better that five people should live than one, Smith knocks out the sixth soldier with […] The post Is it right to use intuition as evidence? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhat makes arrogant people so angry?When the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptationsCelebrating notable women in philosophy: Philippa [More]

LOVE146: Philosophy in Action

There is a modern day slave trade and an estimated 27-30 million people are enslaved worldwide. At the heart of today’s slave trade are the many forms of enslavement such as debt bondage, forced labor, forced child labor, child soldiers, sex slaves, and child sex slaves. The mission of human rights oranizations are built upon the philosophical foundations of what it means to be human, particularly the meaning and function of human rights. [More]

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