Are Humans Rational?

Dear Aristotle, I recently was debating with a History professor about whether or not humans were inherently rational. As a philosophy student who was well aware of Aristotle’s definition of man as “rational, political animals” I was firmly rooted in the position that people were naturally rational as it was part of what distinguished usContinue reading “Are Humans Rational?”


Dear Aristotle, Is self-plagiarism ethical? Would I be doing something wrong if I did self-plagiarize?Thanks, Harrison Hello, Harrison.  Let us start (as much of philosophy starts) with defining our terms. You didn’t say exactly what you meant by ‘self-plagiarism,’ and the concept is an ethically complicated one. ‘Plagiarizing’ simpliciter, is something along the lines of, ‘passing offContinue reading “Self-Plagiarism?”

Tyler DesRoches

​​ How do you define “applied philosophy”? To be honest, I have no special penchant for any definition of applied philosophy. That said, I once published an article in the Journal of Applied Philosophy and I normally find myself entwined with research projects that many would characterize as ‘applied philosophy.’ So, I better give you something. WhenContinue reading “Tyler DesRoches”

Are Vaccines Obligatory?

As of today, there are a total of 3 COVID-19 vaccines in the US that have been shown to be at least 90% effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19 infection. Some public health experts estimate that vaccines may become available to those in the priority group before the end of the year. [1] WhileContinue reading “Are Vaccines Obligatory?”

Is Voting Obligatory?

No matter who you are, you’ve probably been bombarded with political messages over the last few months. With a presidential election on the horizon, voting is a topic that is discussed almost constantly on social media, in the news, and in everyday conversations. One important question that philosophers have debated is whether or not AmericansContinue reading “Is Voting Obligatory?”

Ben Hurlbut

J. Benjamin Hurlbut is trained in the history of modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of science and technology studies, bioethics and political theory. He studies the changing relationships between science, politics and law in the governance of biomedical research and innovation in the 20th and 21st centuries.   Focusing on controversy around morallyContinue reading “Ben Hurlbut”