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A Gauntlet

Anyone (I’m looking at you, Nates) care to defend Kant against these charges: http://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/2010/03/kant-on-killing-bastards-on.html I must confess that it’s hard to square conventional wisdom that Kant is one of if not the greatest moral philosopher ever with moral beliefs like … Continue reading

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Suicide and Moral Blame

Suppose that you hear about two cases in which a physically healthy 30-year-old man is killed.  All you know about the two cases is that in Case 1, the killing was a suicide, and that in Case 2, the killing … Continue reading

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Singer and Slote on Famine Relief

Check it out. http://www.philostv.com/peter-singer-and-michael-slote/

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A Puzzle

Today in my Metaphysics seminar we discussed Derek Parfit’s “Non-Identity Problem.”  It’s a neat problem–here’s what I hope is a faithful version of that problem. A 14-year-old girl is told by medical professionals that if she has a child before … Continue reading

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Rawls [2], “Two Concepts of Rules,” (1955)

In this essay Rawls introduces a distinction between justifying a practice and justifying particular actions within a practice.  The distinction is important, for it shows how utilitarians might rebut the common criticism that they are committed to endorsing acts like … Continue reading

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Rawls [1]: “Outline of a Decision Procedure in Ethics” (1951)

Most generally, this essay is about how to show that a given moral principle is ‘objectively valid’ and that actions in accordance with that principle are ‘objectively right.’  The central claim, so far as I can tell, is that a … Continue reading

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Summer Reading Project

Inspired by Josh, I’ve decided to undertake my own summer reading project: Rawls’s Collected Papers.  The plan is to read Rawls’s essays in chronological order, beginning with “Outline of a Decision Procedure in Ethics” (1951) and ending with “The Idea … Continue reading

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