On the Moral Value (and Dangers) of Dutifulness

What kinds of motives are morally relevant? Which are important? Why are they important? When are they important? How do they relate to one another? What are their respective places in the best overall moral framework? In a few posts I hope to answer such questions as these. I am going to distinguish various kinds [Read More...]

Hot, Passionate, Rational Sex

I posted to Facebook what I thought was a very interesting article about consent that argued it should be about asking a sexual partner whether they want something so that they have the chance to say “yes” rather than only pushing their boundaries until they say “no”. The idea was to look at consent as [Read More...]

Forward Thinking About Pride

For the latest installment of our “Forward Thinking” series, our bloggers discuss the nature and ethical value of pride. Philosophy student and feminist Olivia James (of Teen Skepchick fame) has begun her own new blog, Boredom Breeds Contempt. She is skeptical of the value of pride, wanting to distinguish most of the virtues that might [Read More...]

5 Reasons The Supreme Court, and Not Just States, Should Acknowledge Gay Marriage

With an encouraging high of 58% of Americans now supporting gay marriage, it is beginning to look excitingly inevitable that gay people will finally have full equality before the law with respect to marriage any day, year, or decade now. It is possible that this will happen as soon as this summer when the Supreme [Read More...]

Forward Thinking: What is the Ethical Relevance of Pride?

“Forward Thinking” is a blog series in which Libby Anne and I prompt bloggers and other commenters to write about their views on values questions. Two weeks ago, Libby Anne prompted posts on our responsibilities to our parents (particularly when their effect on our lives has not been all positive). See what the bloggers had [Read More...]

Oklahoma Atheists Interview Me About Why Philosophy and Civility Matter

Listen to parts one and
two of my interview with the Oklahoma Atheists about the importance of philosophy and the Camels With Hammers Civility Pledge’s origins, meaning, and opponents. Sorry have not been writing much, I will reply to more of the criticisms and insights many are offering around the blogosphere and will generally start writing on more diverse topics again soon. I’ve spent 3 months with distracting housing anxieties that are now thankfully over. [Read more...]

The Camels With Hammers Civility Pledge

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A lot of people say civil debate is impossible online. I think it’s vitally necessary. Below are my reasons for writing a civility pledge for people engaged in public discussions about ideas to commit themselves to. I received help from others who may or may not choose to reveal themselves. They have not seen the [Read More...]

Forward Thinking: Round up of Responses: How Should We Collectively Mourn, While Respecting Individual Beliefs and Grieving Needs?

A number of forward thinking bloggers share their experiences with death and the insights they lead to into how we can best mourn collectively. [Read more...]

How To Live Happily: Truthfully Understand Yourself and Your Constructive Potential

My thoughts on self-esteem, identity, objectification, Jean-Paul Sartre, and overcoming self-sabotaging narratives we tell ourselves. [Read more...]


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