The University of Richmond is hosting a workshop on ability and enhancement in Richmond VA, April 8-9. We welcome submissions related to all ethical issues related to human abilities. For example, essays addressing genetic enhancement, disability and stigma, procreative ethics, distributive justice and ability, post-humanism, sex selection, and public health ethics would all fit well […]
Critics of effective altruism tend to focus their critiques against the seemingly utilitarian foundations of the movement. They ask, what about special obligations? Demandingness? Is this overly cosmopolitan? What about institutional/collective change? For example, Judith Lichtenberg recently published a critical discussion of effective altruism. She argues that effective altruism distorts human psychology, and is […]
Singer’s famous example is taken to establish that some acts of Samaritanism are morally required. He writes, “if it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without sacrificing anything morally significant, we ought, morally, to do it.”
There are three ways to interpret this claim:
1) Strong Duties: There […]
Jonathan Anomaly asks, “Is global wealth inequality unjust?” Anomaly and Dan Moller suggest that global wealth inequality may be less unjust than a lot of people think because rich countries have good political institutions and cultures that encourage social and scientific experimentation, not because they are actively harming poor countries.
Moller’s argument is that […]
When is it permissible to forbid a person from owning a gun? We’ve talked about gun rights and self-defense around here before, so I thought I would draw your attention to a challenge to gun rights over at the Practical Ethics blog. Jeff McMahan writes,
[Imagine] a situation in which individuals are continuously […]
More than 100 people have now been infected with measles as a result of a multi-state outbreak linked to Disneyland. Public officials have been eager to respond, and now it seems like everyone’s talking about compulsory vaccination, and it’s becoming a politicized issue.
On one hand, I think it is a good thing […]