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Who am I?

Pretty good question. If you figure it out before I do, please, let me know.

I suppose I would currently self identify as a free-lance volunteer of sorts. 333 more words

Backpacking

Stray Thoughts

Here’s a secret: I am partial to reading books in which the relationship between man and dog forms a part of the plot. I’m not sure if this is because I grew up on a healthy diet of Enid Blytons with Buster snapping and Timmy woofing and Loony dancing on the kitchen mat, or because my first real friends in this world were brown eyed mongrels sheltering in the garden of our railway bungalows or begging for waste chapatis at the outhouse door. 369 more words

India

The Same River Twice

The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro, 2017

“He’s not even human!”

“If we do nothing neither are we.”

Pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus once famously exclaimed: “You could not step into the same river twice.” Just as water constantly flows, moves and alters shape, so time pushes us forwards and leaves us in a constant state of flux. 994 more words

Ethics

Famine, Affluence, and Morality by Peter Singer — A Summary

Singer, Peter. 1972. “Famine, Affluence, and Morality.” Philosophy & Public Affairs 1 (3). Wiley: 229–43. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2265052.

Assumption: Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad. 1,213 more words

Summary

Course Notes – W.D. Ross, The Right and the Good, Ch. 2.

by Daniel A. Kaufman

http://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/readings/ross.pdf

School is back in session, so it’s time, once again, for Course Notes.  This semester I am teaching two sections of Ethics and Contemporary Issues, a course that is part of the General Education curriculum, and Aesthetics, an upper-division offering that runs every Fall. 2,030 more words

Ethics

Is there a moral obligation to give to charity?

By Aristophanes

In his essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” philosopher Peter Singer argues that not only do first-world citizens have a moral obligation to feed starving children in developing nations, but they must give until those children suffer no less than they. 1,462 more words

Philosophy