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Patricia Marino
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Extreme Commodification
When philosophers talk about the extensions of markets into new domains like surrogacy and sex work, one of the concepts they use is "commodification." The idea is that by subjecting things like reproduction and sexuality to market norms, we are "commodifyi...
When philosophers talk about the extensions of markets into new domains like surrogacy and sex work, one of the concepts they use is "commodification." The idea is that by subjecting things like reproduction and sexuality to ...
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Ego Depletion Theory And Its Cultural Context
When I first learned about it, I really liked the theory of ego depletion . You know this theory, right? The idea is that you only have a certain amount of willpower. If you use a lot of willpower keeping yourself away from cookies, you'll run out, and you ...
When I first learned about it, I really liked the theory of ego depletion. You know this theory, right? The idea is that you only have a certain amount of willpower. If you use a lot of willpower keeping yourself away from co...
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No Post, But Some Mildly Diverting Photos
Due to The Forces That Control The Universe, I was unable to write a post this week. For your entertainment needs, I can, however, offer a few mildly diverting photos. This  is a a sign that appears on the TTC streetcars, and every time I see it, the illogi...
Due to The Forces That Control The Universe, I was unable to write a post this week. For your entertainment needs, I can, however, offer a few mildly diverting photos. This is a a sign that appears on the TTC stree...
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The "Attractor" Of Individualism And Its Basin Of Attraction
 Lately when I think about individualism in advanced capitalist societies, I find myself latching onto a certain mathematical picture -- something associated with what's called an "attractor." With the refreshing literality characteristic of mathematics, "a...
Lately when I think about individualism in advanced capitalist societies, I find myself latching onto a certain mathematical picture -- something associated with what's called an "attractor." With the refreshing literality ch...
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Gutting The Social Commentary Of Opera: The Case Of The Marriage Of Figaro
From the COC production .  Over the weekend, I went to see Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at the COC. It is an amazing opera, dealing with sex, love, and the fickle nature of the human heart. It's also about class, gender, power, and the relics of the feudal s...
From the COC production. Over the weekend, I went to see Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at the COC. It is an amazing opera, dealing with sex, love, and the fickle nature of the human heart. It's also about class, gender, power,...
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When Self-Driving Cars Become Moral And Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
Last week I went to a talk about "moral machines," and people there quickly started talking about the whole "self-driving car" thing. I don't know if you've heard about this topic but there's a good video here laying out some of the issues. Sample issues re...
Last week I went to a talk about "moral machines," and people there quickly started talking about the whole "self-driving car" thing. I don't know if you've heard about this topic but there's a good video here laying out some...
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Do I Like Trouble?
Charlottesville, downtown. I was recently visiting a Nice Place in America -- in this case Charlottesville, VA. Charlottesville is nice. It's pretty, and quiet, and prosperous, and the day I visited the sun was shining brightly. To be honest the niceness of...
Charlottesville, downtown. I was recently visiting a Nice Place in America -- in this case Charlottesville, VA. Charlottesville is nice. It's pretty, and quiet, and prosperous, and the day I visited the sun was shining bright...
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My Midlife Music Crisis
I love music. There are ways in which music is one of my favorite things, maybe my most favorite thing. And yet, at this point in my life, I seldom listen to music. So: WTF? Part of the problem is pretty basic and really boils down to: what am I going to li...
I love music. There are ways in which music is one of my favorite things, maybe my most favorite thing. And yet, at this point in my life, I seldom listen to music. So: WTF? Part of the problem is pretty basic and really boil...
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Pain, Nitrous Oxide, And The Interpretation Of Sensation
I don't know if you've ever encountered that idea that pain wouldn't be so bad if you could just relax and enjoy it. OK -- maybe you not "enjoy" it, but you see the basic idea: it's not that pain is essentially bad, it's more that the way you respond to the...
I don't know if you've ever encountered that idea that pain wouldn't be so bad if you could just relax and enjoy it. OK -- maybe you not "enjoy" it, but you see the basic idea: it's not that pain is essentially bad, it's more...
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The Global Economics And Inner Morality Of Drug Mafias
Regular readers know of my admiration for Roberto Saviano , who wrote the amazing book Gamorrah about organized crime in Italy. Now I've just been reading his latest book ZeroZeroZero , which is about how organized crime -- especially that associated with t...
Regular readers know of my admiration for Roberto Saviano, who wrote the amazing book Gamorrah about organized crime in Italy. Now I've just been reading his latest book ZeroZeroZero, which is about how organized crime -- esp...
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Despair In Art, Philosophy, and Life; Or, Schopenhauer Goes To The Movies
I loved the movie Anomalisa , so I was very happy when my friend sent me a link to this piece by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books . I was especially happy because people kept asking me, "What's that movie about?" and I didn't have an answer. The ...
I loved the movie Anomalisa, so I was very happy when my friend sent me a link to this piece by Zadie Smith in The New York Review of Books. I was especially happy because people kept asking me, "What's that movie about?" and...
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Yes, Sometimes I Love Stupid, Problematic, And Even Sexist Things
A few weeks ago I was in the group exercise class BodyPump, and it was a "new release" -- which means new music, new choreography, and everyone doing the same new thing, all at the same time, for a while. Usually with music it takes me a few listens to get ...
A few weeks ago I was in the group exercise class BodyPump, and it was a "new release" -- which means new music, new choreography, and everyone doing the same new thing, all at the same time, for a while. Usually with music i...
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I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.  Check out my webpage here. I write occasional philosophical reflections on modern life at thekramerisnow.blogspot.com
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