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Richard Chappell
Works at University of York
Attended Princeton University
Lives in York, UK
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  • University of York
    Lecturer, 2014 - present
  • Bowling Green State University
    Assistant Professor, 2013 - 2014
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Lecturer, 2012 - 2013
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Ann Arbor, MI - Christchurch, NZ - Canberra, Australia - Princeton, NJ
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  • Princeton University
    philosophy, 2007 - 2012
  • Australian National University
    philosophy, 2006 - 2006
  • University of Canterbury
    philosophy, 2003 - 2005
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UNC Charlotte ethics professor ordered by dean to remove blog post that responded to recent police shootings by criticizing structural racism. Academic freedom might make some people uncomfortable, after all, and it is apparently a University's highest calling to avoid that at all costs.
Wednesday afternoon, Gordon Hull, associate professor of philosophy at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and director of the school’s Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, put up a post on the Center’s webpage about the recent police shooting of an unarmed black man, Keith L. Scott (see the bottom of this post for that text). The central message of the post was summed up in its conclusion: I do not know exactly what happened last nig...
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Attitudinal Pleasure and Normative Stance-Independence
David Sobel has an interesting post up at the revamped PEA Soup blog on ' Normative Stance Independence and Pleasure '.  He suggests that if pleasure is best understood in attitudinal terms (as per Parfit's hedonic likings ) then this undermines Normative S...
David Sobel has an interesting post up at the revamped PEA Soup blog on ' Normative Stance Independence and Pleasure '. He suggests that if...
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Pets and Slavery
In ' The Case Against Pets ', Rutgers law professors Francione and Charlton argue that "domestication and pet ownership [...] violate the fundamental rights of animals."  This is, I think, a deeply absurd position. A large part of their essay is just concer...
A large part of their essay is just concerned with arguing against treating pets as property. I think it's pretty clear that the ordinary social meaning of having a pet already rules this out. One may carve up one's property for fun; if someone were to carve up their pet, we would (rightly) want ...
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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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Possibly Wrong Moral Theories
In ' The Normative Irrelevance of the Actual ', I explained why it doesn't matter whether a putative counterexample to a moral theory is actual or hypothetical in nature, on the grounds that first-order moral theories can be understood as (implying) a whole...
In ' The Normative Irrelevance of the Actual ', I explained why it doesn't matter whether a putative counterexample to a moral theory is act...
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Horrifying. I hope they're convicted for this murder.
A pastor, returning from a night course at a local college was shot and killed by police after his car broke down -- Dashcam footage just released.
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We used to go camping at Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park in the summers. Loved it. Went back for a day last August. Considerably more people. Still beautiful, though!
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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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