A funny post from Eric Schwitzgebel. Excerpt:
I’m highly allergic to shellfish. I’m allergic enough that cross-contamination is an issue: If I’m served something that has been fried on the same surface as shellfish or touched with an implement that has touched shellfish, I will have a minor allergic reaction. Shellfish is so prevalent […]
Many people believe for-profit kidney sales are wrong because they think people who save lives ought not be motivated by self-interest.*
There are lots of problems with this thought. Does it imply that competent and skilled surgeons (firefighters, nurses, police officers, EMTs, etc.) who are just in it for the money, or who are significantly motivated […]
Colleges are strange places. Ethnic and skin-color diversity are celebrated, but academic departments, administrators, and others actively and explicitly discriminate against people with diverse or different ideas. (E.g., I was on hiring committee recently in which the committee head said, “I don’t want to hire any more libertarians.” When the top candidate publication-wise turned […]
Suppose you see a cop using excessive force. Can you use violence to stop the cop? Suppose it’s wrong to criminalize pot. Can you violently resist a drug arrest? In general, is it morally permissible to use violence to defend yourself or others against government injustice? I think the answer is yes, or, more […]
As you know, California is phasing in a $15 minimum wage. As Matt has explained, this is very likely a very bad idea. But: could a minimum wage law be a requirement of justice?
I don’t mean to ask whether justice might require some coercive measures to benefit a group of people. Let’s suppose […]