Problems with Various Desert BasesWhat would it mean for someone the get the wage they deserve? Our answer will depend on the desert base; i.e., in virtue of what are things deserved? Probably the most intuitive answer is that “I deserve my wage because I worked hard for it,” implying that effort is the basis […]Read More Moral Desert and Economic Desert Part 1
Introduction For the last half-year or so I’ve been thinking about the ethics of eating animal byproducts. Here’s what I mean: Let’s suppose that you believe that it’s unethical to eat factory farmed meat and dairy (or any meat or dairy–nothing important to my argument hangs on this). As someone who lives according to your […]Read More Can Vegans Make Broth from Dead Vagrants?
This post is a summary of “From Experience to Metaphysics” by Jiri Benovsky.Check it. We’z about to go to da deps of filosofy: metaphysics. Metaphysics be about da fundamental nature of reality. It’s not that new-age crap about pyramids with eyes you see in book stores. It’s even deeper!!!!1!!!!11!1!!(I know, what could possibly be more […]Read More From Experience to Metaphysics: A Summary
The first question of philosophy is “how should I live my life?” Sometimes this is also presented as “what is the good life?” because the trivial answer to the first formulation is “the best way possible.” However you want to frame it, it eventually boils down to the same thing. For the purposes of this […]Read More Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics: A Common Misunderstanding
I’ve talked about Gettier before and much of what I say here will overlap with what I’ve already said. It turns out I’m much more comfortable lecturing on something if I write about it the night before. Hopefully this won’t always be the case ‘cuz it takes up a lot of time… Why Should You […]Read More Gettier Revisited
So, I’ve been experimenting with a new way to explain major philosophical concepts and issues by video and dialogue (aka, Socratic method). I think dialogue is a much more intuitive way of understanding things. I’m not able to embed the video but here’s the link. Let me know what you think:https://plotagon.com/12235Read More Cultural Relativism Vs Moral Objectivism
Dedication: This article is dedicated to my first philosophy professor Prof. Gordon (Langara College) as well as Prof. Sommers (UH) whose courses caused me to lose many hours of sleep for all the right reasons and whose teaching I try to emulate. IntroductionHere are some of my thoughts on teaching philosophy. Later in the post […]Read More Teaching Philosophy and Truths To Live By
IntroductionAt some point, every semester in my critical thinking class, I issue a challenge to my students. For homework, they have to come up with their best possible argument for why it’s OK to eat factory farmed meat. Every class gives variations of the same handful of arguments and they are indeed the same arguments […]Read More Standard Arguments for Why It’s OK to Eat Meat and Why They Are Much Weaker Than You Think
Tonight (Thursday Apr. 4) I went to a screening of “The Unbelievers” which was followed by a live Q&A with the stars, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. The event was held in the UNLV event center (Cox Pavilion) and it was very well attended. Almost all the seats were taken. I wasn’t particularly motivated to […]Read More My Growing Disappointment with the New Atheist Movement: A Review of "The Unbelievers"
Introduction and ContextGettier’s “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” is considered to be one of–if not the most–important articles of 20th Century philosophy. Pre-Gettier, the standard definition of knowledge (since at least Aristotle) was “justified true belief”. Pretty much everyone we’ve studied so far held this account of knowledge to be correct (with the exception of Goldman who wrote post-Gettier […]Read More Gettier: The Challenge to the Traditional Conception of Knowledge