Bobby is a brilliant scientist. So brilliant, in fact, that he builds a functional atomic bomb in his garage. Of course, Bobby strictly adheres to the non-aggression principle, so he has no plans to use his bomb to attack others. But he’s proud of his scientific accomplishment and hangs the bomb on his fireplace mantel […]
I’m not sure others will find this argument persuasive. But one argument for the morality of markets goes like this:
A. It is wrong to use something someone else values more.
B. But theft is also wrong, even if the thief values the object more than the current owner.
Prices give a signal that someone else values […]
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 […]
Jason wrote a nice post the other day on Peter Singer’s famous drowning child thought experiment. In short, Jason argues that showing that we’d be obligated to save one drowning child at the cost of ruining the iPhone in our pocket isn’t enough to establish that we’re obligated to perpetually spend big chunks of […]
With my book Hayek’s Modern Family just a few months from publication, I thought I’d provide a little preview of one strand of my argument there.
Whatever the scientific merits of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it serves as a useful heuristic to capture the upward progress of humanity over the last two or […]
That’s the title of a recent paper of mine that is now forthcoming in Social Philosophy and Policy, as part of a conference and symposium coordinated by Mark LeBar. I have put a draft version up at SSRN for those who would like to take a look at it. I will try to link the […]