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    philosophy, 2007 - 2012
  • Australian National University
    philosophy, 2006 - 2006
  • University of Canterbury
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  • University of York
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  • University of Pennsylvania
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Self-Torturers without Diminishing Marginal Utility
My last post mentioned in passing that the puzzle of the self-torturer  may be complicated by the fact that money has diminishing marginal utility.  This can mean that a few increments (of pain for $$) may be worth taking even if a larger number of such inc...
My last post mentioned in passing that the puzzle of the self-torturer may be complicated by the fact that money has diminishing marginal utility. This can mean that a few increments (of pain for $$) may be worth taking even if a larger number of such increments, on average, are not.
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The Instrumental Value of One Vote
Over in this Leiter thread , some philosophers seem to be dismissing the instrumental value of voting (for Clinton over Trump) for a couple of misguided reasons: (1) That a marginal vote is "astronomically unlikely to change the outcome." This is not true,*...
Over in this Leiter thread, some philosophers seem to be dismissing the instrumental value of voting (for Clinton over Trump) for a couple of misguided reasons: (1) That a marginal vote is "astronomically unlikely to change the outcome." This is not true,* at least for those who are able to vote ...
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Carroll on Zombies
Zombies are back in the news!  Via the DN Heap of Links , I see physicist Sean Carroll  defending what appears to be a kind of analytical functionalism: What do we mean when we say “I am experiencing the redness of red?” We mean something like this: There i...
What do we mean when we say “I am experiencing the redness of red?” We mean something like this: There is a part of the universe I choose to call “me,” a collection of atoms interacting and evolving in certain ways. I attribute to “myself” a number of properties, some straightforwardly physical, ...
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Effective Altruism, Radical Politics and Radical Philanthropy
It can sometimes be difficult to discern precisely what's in dispute between Effective Altruists and their (leftist) critics. This is perhaps in part due to EA's being such a big tent that objecting to one proposal or proponent is not necessarily an objecti...
It can sometimes be difficult to discern precisely what's in dispute between Effective Altruists and their (leftist) critics. This is perhaps in part due to EA's being such a big tent that objecting to one proposal or proponent is not necessarily an objection to EA itself. To clarify the latter, ...
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Teaching Effective Altruism
A few people have asked for my EA syllabus from last term, so I thought I'd share it here with some general reflections. It was a fun class to teach, but I'd do things a bit differently the next time around.  A big one is just the nature of the teaching: Th...
A few people have asked for my EA syllabus from last term, so I thought I'd share it here with some general reflections. It was a fun class to teach, but I'd do things a bit differently the next time around. A big one is just the nature of the teaching: This one was organized as a very ...
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Do we have Vague Projects?
Tenenbaum and Raffman (2012)  claim that "most of our projects and ends are vague." (p.99)  But I'm not convinced that any plausibly are.  I've already discussed the self-torturer case , and how our interest in avoiding pain is not vague but merely graded ....
Tenenbaum and Raffman (2012) claim that "most of our projects and ends are vague." (p.99) But I'm not convinced that any plausibly are. I've already discussed the self-torturer case, and how our interest in avoiding pain is not vague but merely graded. I think similar things can be said of other ...
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Irrational Increments for the Self-Torturer
Recall that the Self-Torturer (ST) gets $10 000 for each turn of a dial that permanently increases the pain he feels for the rest of his life by a negligible amount.  Each individual increment seems worth making, the thought goes, but 1000 increments would ...
Recall that the Self-Torturer (ST) gets $10 000 for each turn of a dial that permanently increases the pain he feels for the rest of his life by a negligible amount. Each individual increment seems worth making, the thought goes, but 1000 increments would leave ST in intense agony, ...
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The 2-D Argument Against Metaethical Naturalism
A few years back I noted that 2-D semantics  provides a straightforward refutation of synthetic metaethical naturalism (SEN):  SEN implies that moral terms differ in their primary and secondary intensions, this is clearly false (moral terms are "semanticall...
A few years back I noted that 2-D semantics provides a straightforward refutation of synthetic metaethical naturalism (SEN): SEN implies that moral terms differ in their primary and secondary intensions, this is clearly false (moral terms are "semantically neutral", or exhibit 2-D symmetry, ...
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How bad?
Compare five seriously bad things: (1) Unjust discrimination along the lines of racism, sexism, etc., in Western countries. (2) War and terrorism (3) Global poverty (4) Animal suffering (from factory farming) (5) Global catastrophic (i.e. civilization-endin...
Compare five seriously bad things: (1) Unjust discrimination along the lines of racism, sexism, etc., in Western countries. (2) War and terrorism (3) Global poverty (4) Animal suffering (from factory farming) (5) Global catastrophic (i.e. civilization-ending) risks ...
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Final Value and Fitting Attitudes
An interesting new paper forthcoming in Phil Studies , ' The pen, the dress, and the coat: a confusion in goodness ' by Miles Tucker, argues against the (now widely accepted) Conditionalist  thesis that intrinsic value and final value are separable. Conside...
An interesting new paper forthcoming in Phil Studies, 'The pen, the dress, and the coat: a confusion in goodness' by Miles Tucker, argues against the (now widely accepted) Conditionalist thesis that intrinsic value and final value are separable. Consider, e.g., the pen Abraham Lincoln used to ...
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Philanthropic Focus vs Abandonment
This seems a lamentably common way of thinking : [Chief Executive of Oxfam GB] Goldring says it would be wrong to apply the EA philosophy to all of Oxfam's programmes because it could mean excluding people who most need the charity's help. For a certain cos...
[Chief Executive of Oxfam GB] Goldring says it would be wrong to apply the EA philosophy to all of Oxfam's programmes because it could mean excluding people who most need the charity's help. For a certain cost, the charity might enable only a few children to go to school in a country such as ...
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