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

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On the Demandingness of Morality

In the past I have written two posts about some of the duties we have that go along with being moral individuals, in particular, the duties we have to acquire knowledge. In ethics, we can talk about different types of moral actions. Usually these types of actions are: required (must do), permissible (can do), impermissible (can't… Continue reading On the Demandingness of Morality

Moral Contexts vs. Immoral Contexts

As we all know by now, context is important to our moral judgements. We usually cannot know what a morally right or wrong action is without examining context, and an action that is morally right in one context may be wrong in another and vice-versa. Usually, in these cases what I'm talking about is a… Continue reading Moral Contexts vs. Immoral Contexts

Ungovernable

All issues touch each of us in some way- if only indirectly, or if only because you alone are exempt from the consequences. Ethics and philosophy necessarily arise as a result of the questions that simply come upon us as we live our lives. They are the answer to the story- the teleology behind the… Continue reading Ungovernable

Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Ethical questions are by their very nature intersectional questions. They ask us to consider contexts, think about  a wide range of outcomes and implications, and require a deep understanding of predictive thinking which usually involves consultation with expert sources on the subject. Today, I have a whammy of an intersectional ethical problem for you in… Continue reading Anticipating Challenges: The Ethics of Deepfake Revenge Porn

Beyond Treatment

There is a tendency in our culture to categorize issues and fit them into neat little boxes. For example, poverty is a social issue, or it is an issue of individuals being lazy, incompetent, or having some other character flaw which entails that they deserve to suffer. On the flip side, Diabetes, Cancer, etc. are… Continue reading Beyond Treatment

AI Ethics: On the invisibility and reproduction of bias

An ethics report was recently published by the AI Now Institute looking at some of the ethical problems that still exist with AI, which are not being considered by tech companies, nor enforced by governmental agents. The paper divides the ethical issues caused by the proliferation of AI into 4 broad categories: Labor and Automation, Bias… Continue reading AI Ethics: On the invisibility and reproduction of bias

Compatibalism (OR: How to still blame Villains with Bad Childhoods)

It is a common plot. Voldemort turned to forbidden magic because of his Slytherin genealogy, because his mother abandoned him, because he was raised in an orphanage. Anakin became Darth Vader because he wanted to save his wife and child. Oedipus accidentally married his mother and killed his father because he was the victim of… Continue reading Compatibalism (OR: How to still blame Villains with Bad Childhoods)