Facets of Moral Culpability Depending on Epistemic Context

Three women discuss something around a table with two laptops. Two of the women are sitting on either side with the laptops while the third stands in the center.

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

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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

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

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

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

How to Promote Autonomy

In the past, I've discussed a number of issues related to paternalism, autonomy, and end-of-life decision making. These are all challenging subjects, where determinations need to be made by individuals and their families, as well as by governments about what sorts of decisions should be made available to people, and what decisions individuals can make… Continue reading How to Promote Autonomy

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