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Richard Chappell
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Universalizing Tactical Voting
I regularly come across two objections to tactical voting, i.e. voting for Lesser Evil rather than Good in hopes of defeating the Greater Evil candidate.  One objection is just the standard worry that individual votes lack instrumental value, debunked here ...

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Assessing the NMC's Defense of its Independent Midwifery Ban
After receiving much criticism for its effective ban on independent midwifery , the NMC released a document [pdf] that seeks to explain and justify their position (see especially the fourth and final page). Their central conclusion is that they are simply f...

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Our Zombie Bodies, and Physicalist Epiphenomenalism
Eric Olson has a fascinating paper, ' The Zombies Among Us ' (forthcoming in  Nous) , where he points out that standard constitutional theories of persons imply that our bodies are phenomenal zombies  -- physically identical to us but lacking conscious expe...

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Medical Indemnity: Protection or Compensation?
One of the (many) puzzling elements of the NMC anti-midwifery fiasco  is the NMC's insistence that, by shutting down midwives whom they judge to have "insufficient" indemnity cover, they are thereby "mak[ing] sure that all women and their babies are provide...

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UK Shuts Down Independent Midwives
A new low for harmful government over-regulation: The UK has just regulated independent midwives out of business (at least for the time being).  The Nursing and Midwifery Council  decided that they did not consider the indemnity cover of Independent Midwive...

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2016 in review
(Past annual reviews: 2015 ,  2014 , 2013 , 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008 , 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , and 2004 .) Applied Ethics * The Instrumental value of one vote  -- can be much higher than many philosophers seem to assume. * Pets and Slavery  -- explains...

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Is Consequentialism More Demanding?
People sometimes complain that impartial consequentialism is "too demanding", insofar as it requires us (comparatively) wealthy and fortunate people to do a lot to help the less fortunate.  And it's true that those are non-trivial costs.  But it's hard to t...

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Illustrating the Paradox of Deontology
One who accepts a "consequentialism of rights" might hold that deliberating killing an innocent person (let's call this "murder", for short) is so morally bad that it isn't justified even to save five lives.  But deontologists go further, suggesting that on...

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