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Why It’s OK to Block Ads

Over the past couple of months, the practice of ad blocking has received heightened ethical scrutiny. (1,2,3,4)If you’re unfamiliar with the term, …

What’s the moral difference between ad blocking and piracy?

On 16 September Marco Arment, developer of Tumblr, Instapaper and Overcast, released a new iPhone and iPad app called Peace. It quickly shot to the …

The Laughter of Ethicists

A guest post by Regina Rini<p>You are loitering by the railyard when you see an out-of-control trolley hurtling toward five innocent orphans who’ve been …

Don’t write evil algorithms

Google is said to have dropped the famous “Don’t be evil” slogan. Actually, it is the holding company Alphabet that merely wants employees to “do the …

Digressions&Impressions

As Manfred Frank recently noted in <i>FAZ</i>, analytical philosophy is slowly but surely displacing continental philosophy in many European countries. …

The Limits of Consent

Earlier this year, an article in <i>New York Magazine</i> featured a story involving an eighteen-year-old woman who plans to marry and have children with her …

Ashley Madison and the Problem of Liberal Sexual Ethics

Is cheating wrong? At one point, there was a moral consensus on this question across political and cultural lines. But now, many on the left seem to …

Human Rights

Assisted Dying and Protecting the Vulnerable

Sadly, though unsurprisingly, Rob Marris’s assisted dying bill has been rejected overwhelmingly by British MPs.The most widely accepted argument in …

Ethics, Metaethics, and the Future of Morality

a guest post by Regina RiniMoral attitudes change over generations. A century ago in America, temperance was a moral crusade, but you’d be …

PEA Soup

Actualism, as I understand it, is the view according to which in determining what it is permissible to do at a time, <i>t</i>, one should consider only what</i> …

Philosophical Insights for Good Professorship

A good professor “will be able to put philosophical insights to practical use,” argues Robert J. Bloomfield, a professor at the School of Management …

Philosophy

A Rawlsian Approach to Intoxicated Consent to Sex?

Should we choose standards of consent from behind a veil of ignorance?<br>People are often mildly to severely intoxicated when they have sex. This …

The Philosophers' Cocoon

On the philosophy smoker, Mr Zero asks why he keeps on going on the job market, year after year. He loves the job, and he likes the position he has, …

Weird Minds Might Destabilize Human Ethics

Intuitive physics works great for picking berries, throwing stones, and walking through light underbrush. It's a complete disaster when applied to …

The false dichotomy of nature-nurture, with notes on feminism, transgenderism, and the construction of races

by Massimo PigliucciThis is my third essay on what has become an informal series on socially relevant false dichotomies (the first one was on …

Is Consciousness a “Stream”?

In 1890 William James introduced the metaphor of the “stream of consciousness” into Western psychology: “Consciousness… is nothing jointed; it flows. …

The Philosophers' Cocoon

Some argue that it is implausible for anyone to have the epistemic authority needed for moral expertise because moral knowledge is distributed so …

The Dualism of Philosophy's Purpose

<i>Professional philosophers don’t present themselves as particularly wise or as people to turn to for advice about how to live. And why should we?</i> …

PEA Soup

Many philosophers seem to think that – even if the notions of a belief’s being “justified” or “rational” are indeed normative notions, as is widely …

Normative

Moral Theories and Fittingness Implications

A very common initial response to my interest in character/"fittingness"-based objections to consequentialism is to question whether consequentialism …

The Philosophers' Cocoon

The most obvious--and unfortunate--thing to say is that there is no proverbial "silver bullet" for maintaining a good emotional outlook on the …

Jesse Prinz on concepts, part II

by Dan TippensThis is Part II of an interview with Professor Jesse Prinz of City University of New York. In this video, Dan Tippens first asks Prinz …

Jesse Prinz on concepts, part I

by Dan Tippens<p>This is Part I of an interview with Professor Jesse Prinz of City University of New York. In this video, our assistant editor Dan …

If we have free speech, how come it's okay to punish us for what we say? [Ask a Philosopher]

<i>Last week, the following letter to the editor appeared in the Grand Forks Herald, my local newspaper:</i><p><b>Is free speech still 'free' if it can be</b> …

The Ethics of Backdoors

View image | gettyimages.comIn philosophy, one of the classic moral debates has focused on the conflict between liberty and security. While this …

Sex Identity

I reflect here on our identity as sexed beings. In tomorrow’s essay I consider what it means for us to be gendered beings. But to do so, it is …

Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political Philosophy // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Étienne Balibar is one of the most rigorous thinkers of contemporary politics, especially European politics, that his generation in France has …

Minimal selves, dreaming minds, and sleeping bodies

As we move from wakefulness into sleep onset and through the different stages of sleep, there are concerted changes in brain activity, the way we …

The Philosophers' Cocoon

All that being said, like many other people (or so I've been told), I've also received my share of what I take to be totally irresponsible reviews, …