Transparency vs. Privacy

I just got back from an amazing week of travel, including attending Can*Con 2018, an amazing conference for Science Fiction and Fantasy in Ottawa, ON. This conference was my first time as a panelist, and even though I was there as a writer, a lot of what I spoke on was philosophy (this con likes… Continue reading Transparency vs. Privacy

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

I've spoken before about how power enters into considerations of morality- from fiduciary responsibilities, to responsibilities we have as carers and parents, to how power means that certain relationships are barred to us if we want to behave in ethical ways. Today, I want to examine some reasons we have for this, essentially why we… Continue reading With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Hello ghouls and ghosties, welcome to October! My life is a little crazy right now between the PhD, and upcoming travel for some writerly related appearances, more on that on my other blog, if you're interested. As a result, this week instead of a traditional blog, I'm posting the comments I provided to the Government… Continue reading Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

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

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

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

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?

When the Whole World is Drowning

So, the world is a trashfire. I mean, it seems like its been that way for a while, but in recent weeks the flames just keep getting hotter and closer to home. It seems like people are caring less and less about morality, and less and less about each other. Hannah Arednt wrote about the… Continue reading When the Whole World is Drowning