Philosophical Ethics: A Possible Kantian Formula For Determining The Permissibility Of Self-Defense

In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or a theme that dominated class discussion in a way that should be accessible to novices [Read More...]

Judge This: Who Is Responsible For This Death?

A new variation of James Rachels’s classic thought experiment against the distinction between killing and letting die from Chaos Pet: Well, who is really responsible?  Bob?  George?  Both?  Neither? Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

My Thoughts On Blasphemy Day

So today is “Blasphemy Day.”  Here’s what it’s about: Blasphemy Day International is an international campaign seeking to establish September 30th as a national day to promote free speech and stand up in a show of solidarity for the freedom to mock and insult religion without fear of murder, violence, and reprisal. It is the [Read More...]

Judge This: Should The US Military Be Sponsoring The Proselytization Of US Troops?

Unreasonable Faith reports on news that it’s already happening: “Operation Straight Up” has been allowed to provide entertainment to troops with the goal of “sharing the gospel with soldiers in combat” — something they say has never been allowed before: Capt. Chris Plekenpol, a spokesman for OSU, was responsible for the lives of 100 men [Read More...]

Camels With Hammers Philosophy

After this introductory paragraph, every sentence in this post will summarize and link a different post expressing my views, primarily on topics related to atheism, philosophy, and ethics—which are the primary preoccupations of this blog. I am organizing all of these links into this one summary statement of “Camels With Hammers’ Philosophy.” This post will [Read More...]

Judge This: Derren Brown False Lesson In Mathematics For Britain

I was really irritated last night by Derren Brown’s choice to use his lottery trick on national TV in Britain to propagate fundamentally bogus mathematical thinking and to convince a group of people that their belief in their abilities to reach into the subconscious was able to generate knowledge of winning lottery ticket numbers.  It’s [Read More...]

Influential Iranian Imam Supports Interrogations Using Rape

The following quotes from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, with whom Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is said to “regularly consult,”  are graphic, sickening, and devastating to anyone with a conscience.  Read at your own discretion: Asked if a confession obtained “by applying psychological, emotional and physical pressure” was “valid and considered credible according to Islam,” Mesbah-Yazdi [Read More...]

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong On Morality Without God

From Philosophy Bites, comes Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Morality Without God. Sinnott-Armstrong is the editor of the spectacular series of volumes on moral psychology featuring essays featuring both philosophers and psychologists in interaction with each other.  Now he has a new book out, Morality Without God. (via Atheist Media Blog) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Judge This: Outsourcing Pregnancy To India

Full video of Sandel’s talk: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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