Category Archives: Ethics

The Goodness of Human Life, Part II: Reflections on the Suicide of Brittany Maynard

In Part I of this post I wrote about a philosophical error we ought to avoid when thinking about the value of human life: namely, the idea that human life is the highest good possible. Here, in Part II, I … Continue reading

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The Goodness of Human Life, Part I: Reflections on Brittany Maynard’s Suicide

Sorry not to have posted anything in such a long time–I had to make a hard final push to finish up my dissertation. But since I have now officially survived graduate school, I hope to be around a bit more from here on … Continue reading

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Can you divide in two, then recombine? I don’t think so, loser.

Here’s a humbling thought for end of this year, and the beginning of the new one: compared to zygotes or early embryos, we are somewhat underwhelming as people. We just aren’t “all that,” as the kids used to say (what … Continue reading

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What is Right, and Wrong, about the HHS Mandate

My second post on this topic in a row, I know. But why not? We philosophers could be political pundits if we wished; it is just that we are normally too busy contemplating the mysteries of the heavens, cleaning off … Continue reading

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Did you miss it? The return of the HHS Mandate battle

I know I missed it, what with Thanksgiving, dissertation revisions, end-of-the-semester grading, but the struggle against the HHS Mandate will soon return to public prominence as the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a couple of challenges against it: Conestoga Wood … Continue reading

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Better than the book? A review of Ender’s Game, UPDATED

Because this not my dissertation, allow me to inflict upon you a needless biographical aside: I was ready–so very, very ready–to be annoyed by the recent film interpretation of Ender’s Game. First of all, it stars (albeit in a supporting … Continue reading

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Virtuous Agents and the Solemnity of All Saints

In Book II of his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle famously describes virtue as a habit of choosing an intermediate between two bad extremes in regard to human action: “Virtue, then, is a state of character concerned with choice, lying in a … Continue reading

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