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Refuting Criticisms of Utilitarianism and Effective Altruism

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This piece is a response to Robert Martin’s piece critiquing Peter Singer’s views concerning utilitarian ethics and Effective Altruism (EA). I do not address every point raised in this article, but restrict my response to four key lines of argument. 2,786 more words

The Pathos of Food

The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer and Jim Mason tracks the food choices of three families, examining the reasons behind these decisions and their larger implications. 597 more words

Cowboy Up!

Just a few weeks ago, the College Fix reported that many of today’s high school and college students support after-birth infanticide. Students who were polled on campuses including Purdue, the University of Minnesota, the University of Central Florida. 991 more words

Matrix

The "Enlightenment" and slavery

It is fairly commonly believed by many atheists that the abolition of slavery was an inevitable product of the “Enlightenment” and progressive thinking. Yet this overlooks the fact that many key figures of the “Enlightenment” were firm advocates of slavery. 310 more words

Atheism

"Animals Matter" Chapter 6: Utilitarianism

“People who consider animals’ usefulness to humans are called utilitarians and they practice utilitarianism. [...] Utilitarians typically believe that neither animals nor humans have rights. 420 more words

Marc Bekoff

The One Unassailable Argument to Act on Global Warming

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Peter Singer, famous ethics philosopher, recently spoke at the Carnegie Council. I wasn’t there, but I listened to the podcast. In it, he stated the case for acting now on climate change in a very simple and clear way. 324 more words

Future

Equal Consideration: further thoughts on environmental ethics

Lawrence Buell, a literary scholar who has focused on environmental aesthetics, rhetoric, and ethics in his studies of literature, has argued that there are four components of an “environmentally oriented work.”  In large part, the argument focuses on the ways that the imagination in and of a text, what we typically associate with a work of literature (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama) necessarily involves an ethical orientation. 1,404 more words

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