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Richard Chappell
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New Draft on Right-Making Features
I've a new draft paper, ' The Right Wrong-Makers ', which argues as follows: Right- and wrong-making features ("moral grounds") play important normative roles, e.g. in morally apt or virtuous motivation.  They have, however, been systematically misidentifie...
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Negative Utility Monsters
Many consider Nozick's "utility monster" -- a being more efficient than ordinary people at converting resources into wellbeing, with no upper limit -- a damning counterexample to utilitarianism.  It doesn't seem intuitively right, after all, to give all our...
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Acts, Attitudes, and the Separateness of Persons
I previously explained  how  Seth Lazar 's first objection to my view  was confused. His second, however, is more interesting.  Lazar writes: Chappell thinks the objection has to do only with attitudes. His token-pluralistic
utilitarianism can, in its deont...
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Constitutive Instrumentality: a response to Lazar
Seth Lazar's forthcoming paper, ' Moral Status and Agent-Centred Options ' contains some interesting objections to my ' Value Receptacles ' paper.  Here's the first: Chappell’s treatment of the separateness of persons has several weaknesses.
First, what doe...
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Sub-experiences and Minimal Duration
Suppose that our conscious experiences have a certain minimum duration , say 100 ms.  Take a subject experiencing a second of pleasure, and let 't1' denote the first 50 ms time period, 't2' the next 50 ms, and so on through to 't20'.  So the subject experie...
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Civility and Politics Beyond the Pale
Michelle Goldberg has an excellent opinion piece in the NYT on the recent ' civility debate ': The norms of our political life require a degree of bipartisan forbearance. But treating members of Donald Trump’s administration as ordinary public officials rat...
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Three kinds of offsetting
Distinguish the following kinds of "offsetting" behaviour: Preventative offsetting  -- when potential harms depend on just the global amount of something (say, greenhouse gas emissions), it seems that one can prevent the potential harm done by one's contrib...
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Moving to Miami!
I'm very happy to say that Helen & I will be joining the philosophy department at the University of Miami next year! We bid farewell to many fantastic colleagues, and will certainly miss daffodil season in York... ... but are thrilled to be joining the outs...
Moving to Miami!
Moving to Miami!
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On Parfit on Knowing What Matters
If I had to pick a "favourite philosopher", it would be Derek Parfit.  His book Reasons and Persons  is, in my view, the best there is -- containing striking insights and arguments on every page, and laying the groundwork for basically all subsequent work o...
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Cognitivism and Moral / Philosophical Peer Intransigence
Richard Rowlands' forthcoming Analysis paper on ' The Intelligibility of Moral Intransigence ' presents a curious argument against cognitivism in ethics.  It goes roughly as follows: P1. Beliefs track perceived evidence. P2. Perceived peer disagreement is p...
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