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

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

When Uncertainty Cuts Both Ways

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Currently, I am in the throes of my research area on The Epistemology of Ignorance. I've written before about duties we have to acquire knowledge, and what sorts of knowledge is ethically salient. However, in many cases we simply cannot have perfect knowledge, and so, we arrive at a state of uncertainty... or do we?… Continue reading When Uncertainty Cuts Both Ways

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!

Moral Guillotines: A Year in Review (2018-2019)

Well folks, it has been a year.  Hopefully a good one for you, if not the world in general. It has been a good one for Moral Guillotines and for me personally, starting on my PhD. Working in academia again has been good for broadening my philosophical horizons, making connections with people doing similar work,… Continue reading Moral Guillotines: A Year in Review (2018-2019)

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 Ethics of Harm Reduction

Welcome back to Moral Guillotines! Still following up from a lovely time at the Canadian Bioethics Society Conference in May, here is my take on harm reduction ethics in healthcare. When it comes to the discussion of harm reduction in the medical field- particularly in hospitals, I believe that there are really two questions at… Continue reading The Ethics of Harm Reduction

The Dangers of Policy

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Bioethics' Society yearly conference, and present my work on poetry and microethics. During the week, I made some great connections with fellow bioethicists, healthcare practitioners, and patients. Many challenges with how healthcare is currently practiced were raised and discussed, and I'm sure more than a… Continue reading The Dangers of Policy

Don’t Move Fast, Don’t Break Things

"Move fast and break things," is an idea that started with Facebook, and yet, has become a philosophy for many tech companies and is in some ways demanded by the market which functions on the whims of venture capitalists who see two options: get in early, or fail. Moving fast, by itself does not seem… Continue reading Don’t Move Fast, Don’t Break Things