The pandemic seems to be gradually winding down. After a spike of cases and hospitalizations in the spring, nearly half of the United States has received at least one vaccine dose. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all declining. Slowly, things are returning to business-as-usual. It is a good time to reflect on what we haveContinue reading “Reasonable Asks and What Citizens Owe One Another in a Pandemic”
Even if most people would say it is morally good to be charitable, it is still a commonly accepted position that it is not immoral to refrain from donating excess wealth to the relief of others. In his influential 1971 essay, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” Peter Singer lays out an argument for redefining our conceptionContinue reading “Is It Immoral to Indulge in Luxuries?”
I went into the COVID lockdown a fat person, and I’ll be leaving it as an even fatter person. I need a fat philosophy to help me make sense of the changes my body has undergone during the pandemic. And, I believe, whether you are fat or thin, whether your body shape changed during theContinue reading “Why I Need A Fat Philosophy (And So Do You)”
Dear Aristotle, I have a friend who is a vegan, a friend who is an environmentalist, a friend who is a feminist activist, a friend who is a yada-yada-yada! How do I pick a cause to champion when there are so many to choose from!? Thank you. – Nina Dear Nina, I find it interestingContinue reading “How to Pick a Cause?”
Dear Aristotle, Is it ethical to end a friendship over extreme political differences? I had a friend that had very different views from me and it often got in the way of our conversations. I felt like it was a reflection of her moral character. Thanks. – Sam Dear Sam, Thanks very much for this timelyContinue reading “Ending Friendships Over Politics?”
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