COVID-19 has obviously stirred up a lot of ethical challenges. It has exacerbated issues of inequality, forced hospitals and healthcare practicioners to make difficult decisions and implement very imperfect policies when it comes to the rationing of scarce medical resources, and has created dozens of new public health questions in regards to how best to… Continue reading Why Ethicists Should Educate Patients on Self-Advocacy
Earlier last week, two musicians-programmers generated every conceivable melody, copyrighted it, and released it under a Creative Commons Zero license, which is functionally equivalent to being in the public domain. They did this to help prevent future lawsuits from artists whose melodies are similar, although its questionable whether or not their endeavors will be considered… Continue reading Art, AI and Meaning
In the midst of a myriad of protests, strikes, and political action across Ontario (and Canada more broadly), the provincial Conservative government has been quietly moving to contract out employment services to for-profit companies. This move has been criticized by the NDP as potentially leading companies to place job-seekers, including those on ODSP (disability) into… Continue reading Without a Basic Income is All Work Exploitative?
Amongst all the news that is swirling around the coronavirus, a clear trend of racism has emerged, despite best efforts to halt it. Unfortunately, despite best efforts to stick to simply the name "coronavirus" or 2019-nCov, and despite the fact that it is less deadly than the common flu, it has been irrevocably associated with… Continue reading The Ethics of Naming Diseases
In the past, I've talked about "Nudging" and how it relates to paternalism. As a brief rundown, "nudging" (or libertarian paternalism) is the idea that we can change people's behaviors using "choice architecture" and other psychological tricks to do what we want them to do. In public health, this might look like making healthier choices… Continue reading Nudging and Social Media
Welcome to the final Moral Guillotine of the decade! I will be taking some time off in December and the beginning of January to rest & refresh (but I'll still be taking blog post suggestions during this time if you come across some especially sticky moral debate during the holiday season). Today, I want to… Continue reading On Equality and Equity
A question that has been coming up a lot in Moral Guillotines requests in various forms these days can boiled down to: when do we have to do good things for bad people? If we ourselves are good people, what are the limits we are allowed to place on our goodness, especially when others take… Continue reading Good Things for Bad People
As a person who grew up in the burgeoning age of the internet (no, I do not remember AOL, yes, I do remember dial-up and MSN Messenger), I can't remember a point in my life when I wasn't told that the internet was forever. I knew from the moment I got Facebook at 12 (of… Continue reading Sanctions, Social Media, and the Workplace
I've written in the past about microaggressions and the types of collective responsibilities they entail. These last few semesters, I've been able to take what I did in that previous blog post and really dig into the philosophy of these things and understand how social epistemologists and ethicists think about microaggressions. One of the really… Continue reading Microaggressions by the Marginalized
It's election season in Canada. The memory of last year's storms and wildfires are strong. Finally, a young, white climate activist has come to visit us and to tell us that we simply aren't doing enough in regards to climate change. Think-pieces are appearing in the news around individuals who are choosing to not have… Continue reading Reproduction at the End of the World?