What should an “Intersectional Approach” look like in a healthcare setting?

I identify as an intersectional feminist. This is partially I think due to the timing at which I entered the academy/wider world and was exposed to feminism and partially because I, as a privileged white woman, recognize that my struggles are not the be and and end all of oppression- and not even close. But… Continue reading What should an “Intersectional Approach” look like in a healthcare setting?

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Facets of Moral Culpability Depending on Epistemic Context

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I've talked before at length about the problems of ignorance, and our duties to acquire knowledge to stop those problems. But sometimes, ignorance might be benign. For instance, I do not know how many hairs I have on my head- this is a benign form of ignorance. Additionally, it is impossible for each person to… Continue reading Facets of Moral Culpability Depending on Epistemic Context

Privacy, Free Speech, Hate & Harassment

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My partner recently brought the following case to my attention. As has been the case in recent weeks, it has to do with the upcoming Canadian election, and comes from CBC. The case is this: A far right nationalist, white-supremacist group is attempting to gain political party status. To do so, they need 250 signatures… Continue reading Privacy, Free Speech, Hate & Harassment

The Ethics of Leisure

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One of the biggest debates in philosophy is whether or not philosophers should be concerned primarily with ideal or non-ideal theories. Ideal theories are those theories which assume that the world in which we should build our philosophical theories is not this world, but rather some other world which is not troubled by facts about for example,… Continue reading The Ethics of Leisure

Safety vs. Non-Discrimination: We can have both!

A needle is drawing blood from an arm on a pink blanket. The arm has a yellow rubber tourniquet on it.

As per the regular news cycle, recently in Canada there have been renewed calls for the blood donation process to be less discriminatory towards the LGTBQ+ community. A few weeks ago a non-binary person came forward with a story about being refused as a donor (unless they were willing to disclose their entire medical history)… Continue reading Safety vs. Non-Discrimination: We can have both!

Epistemologies of Ignorance

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My newest philosophical area of interest is in Epistemology of Ignorance studies, also known as Agnotology. So today, I want to explain what this research area constitutes, why it's important, and how it connects to further important ethical questions, especially regarding things like fake news, inclusion, microaggressions, and more. So first off, what is the… Continue reading Epistemologies of Ignorance

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

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

Ethics of Being a Good Employer

As an Ontarian, I have resigned myself to three more years of utter shame and disappointment in my government. I have resigned myself to terrible slogans, abhorrent commentary, and a total lack of compassion for the average person. I have not resigned myself to not being able to do anything about it. So, Ford wants… Continue reading Ethics of Being a Good Employer

On the Permissibility of Violence

In general, we think that violence is a bad thing. We think that we should not wage wars, we should not injure people, and we should not say mean-spirited things. This is because all these things are acts of violence on various scales, and because acts of violence cause harm to others, and sometimes, also… Continue reading On the Permissibility of Violence