Why Inaction is Action

One of the goals of developing an ethical system is usually that that system will be internally consistent. Another is that it will provide a map for making decisions in the moral sphere that will not lead to two different decisions. However, that does not mean that it always ends up with the same decision,… Continue reading Why Inaction is Action

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Quality vs. Quantity at the End of Life

Welcome back to the final pre-PhD Moral Guillotines! This will be my last post until mid-September, but I promise I'll be back soon. On that note, today's post will be about death. As humans, we generally like to avoid unpleasant things. Some of these things are concrete, like harm, some of these things are social,… Continue reading Quality vs. Quantity at the End of Life

Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are

Morally Grey Contexts & Policy Implications

A couple weeks ago, I introduced you all the ideas of moral and immoral contexts. The idea that sometimes we live in a society in which does not punish immoral behavior, and sometimes we live in a society that does. But we can imagine a third kind of context- a context where ostensibly our society punishes… Continue reading Morally Grey Contexts & Policy Implications

When Parental Rights End aka. Keep the New Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum

It seems to be a commonly known fact that Western society (and in particular, the USA), hates children. Recently, I have also seen push-back against feminists like myself, who say they hate children. However, in my experience these are two very different types of hatred. My hatred is personal. I think children are sticky and… Continue reading When Parental Rights End aka. Keep the New Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum

Inclusion in Design

Most of my friends would say I'm an imaginative person. This isn't to brag, as its a skill I have cultivated, and one that is necessary to being a writer and a philosopher. It's a skill that enables me to look at an issue from a variety of viewpoints and extrapolate possible consequences, and pick… Continue reading Inclusion in Design

Moral Contexts vs. Immoral Contexts

As we all know by now, context is important to our moral judgements. We usually cannot know what a morally right or wrong action is without examining context, and an action that is morally right in one context may be wrong in another and vice-versa. Usually, in these cases what I'm talking about is a… Continue reading Moral Contexts vs. Immoral Contexts

Consent & Power Dynamics

Welcome back to your regularly scheduled Moral Guillotines: where everything is terrible all the time! Oh wait, that's just this planet. Whoops. So, in the past I've delved a little into what I termed "sexthics," but today I wanted to get more specific. In particular, I want to talk about something that some people (read:… Continue reading Consent & Power Dynamics

A Year in Review

Welcome to Moral Guillotines. This week marks the 1yr. anniversary of announcing and starting this project, and I have had so much fun. In the past year, I have written 47 articles on various topics in philosophy, but primarily ethics. I've talked about current affairs, how philosophy impacts my own life, and more. And the… Continue reading A Year in Review

Is Pain Necessary?

As you might know by now, cyborgs & prosthesis ethics are kind of my thing. So when I saw this article last week, I paid attention. Essentially, its a report (and questioning of why this would be researched in the first place) on new prosthesis that can feel pain. Developments in prosthesis are happening all… Continue reading Is Pain Necessary?