The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

In Policy Horizons Canada's new Economic Futures: The Next Digital Economy white paper, Blockchain is identified as one of 9 key technologies that will cause disruption to the economy, labour force, and ways in which individuals interact with businesses. Blockchain is lucrative. It's flashy. Even Facebook has one now! Whether or not you think it's… Continue reading The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

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The Ethics of Harm Reduction

Welcome back to Moral Guillotines! Still following up from a lovely time at the Canadian Bioethics Society Conference in May, here is my take on harm reduction ethics in healthcare. When it comes to the discussion of harm reduction in the medical field- particularly in hospitals, I believe that there are really two questions at… Continue reading The Ethics of Harm Reduction

The Dangers of Policy

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Bioethics' Society yearly conference, and present my work on poetry and microethics. During the week, I made some great connections with fellow bioethicists, healthcare practitioners, and patients. Many challenges with how healthcare is currently practiced were raised and discussed, and I'm sure more than a… Continue reading The Dangers of Policy

Rawls and Robots

John Rawls is perhaps the most influential political philosopher since Plato. His works (but mainly the flagship A Theory of Justice), have influenced government policy and thought throughout the world. In many ways, his ideas are great. He supports the idea that all citizens should have their basic needs met. He believes that inequality in incomes should… Continue reading Rawls and Robots

Ethics, Health, and Weight: 2 Stories

Story 1 I have a complicated relationship with my body. I would say that generally speaking, I am of an average size and shape, and I certainly would never call myself fat in the earshot of another. Nonetheless, every time I visit my family doctor and step on the scale, my doctor frowns, looks at… Continue reading Ethics, Health, and Weight: 2 Stories

A Speech Against Doug Ford

Today, I attended the Ontario General Strike Protest against Doug Ford's government. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a video, but this is  a transcript of the speech I gave:   I am here because I want us to think today, about what the purpose of government is, about why we want to be governed.… Continue reading A Speech Against Doug Ford

On Epistemic Humility and Privilege

"All I know that I know nothing" - Socrates We don't know what we don't know. Our world, as small as it seems somedays, is still full of unknown gaps. I've written before about our duties to acquire knowledge, and why those duties are are something that we must take seriously, but in the face of… Continue reading On Epistemic Humility and Privilege

Separating the Art from the Artist

So today, I want to talk about what our ethical duties are in relation to the consumption, promotion, and enjoyment of art. This post is by special request, but I think it's an important topic, and a timely one. Though I haven't seen it yet, and likely won't, the debate over whether or not we… Continue reading Separating the Art from the Artist

Beyond Judgement

For many, the idea of morality or moral philosophy is used as a carrot and a stick, a means with which to reward people who do good with praise, and to punish people who do badly with criticism. We often will conflate actions with persons, equating people who do bad things with people who are… Continue reading Beyond Judgement

On the Demandingness of Morality

In the past I have written two posts about some of the duties we have that go along with being moral individuals, in particular, the duties we have to acquire knowledge. In ethics, we can talk about different types of moral actions. Usually these types of actions are: required (must do), permissible (can do), impermissible (can't… Continue reading On the Demandingness of Morality