Monthly Archives: April 2017

Freedom of speech

“It is wrong, always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything without sufficient evidence.”  W. K. Clifford If it is morally wrong for people to believe without sufficient evidence, then it is morally wrong to bring it about that they … Continue reading

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Relativism

People are over-impressed by salient differences.  Thus, people will frequently conclude that cultural relativism is true, where cultural relativism is the view that morality is relative to societies — different society, different morality. But evolutionary intuitionism predicts the differences. It … Continue reading

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A Summary of Evolutionary Intuitionism

This is a summary of my ethical theory in under 1000 words. In the right neighbourhood If morality were a matter of principle, reason, or virtue, and we were capable of acting immorally, there would be natural selection for acting … Continue reading

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The moral necessity of single payer health care

The moral theory which I developed requires us to minimize human injuries and loss of life, provided we can do so without significant injury to ourselves, our kin, and our friends. It is obvious that we should do so in … Continue reading

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Enabling Psychopaths to Pass

…there are reasons to think that people who are more inclined to maximize the greatest good by all means necessary are morally deficient.  (Julian Baggini, The Edge of Reason, 99) Baggini refers to research that indicates that such people are … Continue reading

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Biography and Philosophy

In his new book, The Edge of Reason, Julian Baggini makes the following statement on page 88: …philosophy is a personal pursuit coloured by character and … ‘commitments’, as well as by impersonal, objective rationality. Considering my own case, I … Continue reading

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On the Origin of Corruption

Chris Dillow, who is always worth reading, points out that there are incentives for politicians to remain ignorant. Incentives dictate that, quite often, ignorance is better than knowledge. Ignorance may but instrumentally superior to knowledge in some instances but it … Continue reading

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Rich Man’s Reasoning

Apparently, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, thinks highly of his own ability. Apparently, he reasons this way: If someone is able, then they will become rich.  I am rich.  Therefore, I am able. The problem is that this is a case … Continue reading

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