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

Autonomy- A Useful Fiction?

I've talked before at length about autonomy, and it's corollary, paternalism. I've also mentioned some problems with free will, and how we may be able to solve it with compatibilism. Today, I want to tie all of these threads together in light of an article I read in my feminist bioethics class. Autonomy Autonomy is… Continue reading Autonomy- A Useful Fiction?

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

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

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

The Marketplace of Ideas

Last week was a downer (sorry guys). But the world keeps on turning, and I keep on writing, so here we are again. In the past, I've talked about aspects of freedom of speech, and the possible consequences of shunning certain speech. *Which, by the way, when someone shuns your speech or disallows you a… Continue reading The Marketplace of Ideas

The Problem of Consequences

Our understanding of morality often comes out of certain intuitions that we have, but this is problematic when our intuitions differ, or when we are not actually aware of what our true intuitions are. Some of these problems can be solved by theĀ  field of moral psychology, where empirical studies are undertaken to attempt to… Continue reading The Problem of Consequences

Why Ethics =/= Legality

Should I refrain from doing something if the law tells me to? What if the law is wrong? Legality and morality are commonly conflated, leading to confusion over moral issues, and what is expected of the law. Individuals will question why something is morally wrong if it is legally allowed. For example, eating factory-farmed meat… Continue reading Why Ethics =/= Legality

Duties at the End of the World

You might have realized by now that I am a weird person who thinks about strange things. From some of my other articles you might also have deduced that I am a rabid feminist, and personally do not want to reproduce, in addition to being pro-choice. These characteristics all came together and led me to… Continue reading Duties at the End of the World