Canada, Universities

Phil Merklinger, RIP

Monday, 19th June 2017

From June 19, 2017

Just heard that an old friend passed away. Phil Merklinger, the other half of the philosophy department for the entire time I was at Augustana University College in Camrose. And, besides… Continue reading…

Ethics, Politics

Moral Geography

Monday, 20th February 2017

From Feb. 20, 2017

I’m interested in the contours of the moral universe in which Trumpists reside. Lying is clearly not a problem with anyone. Sexual abuse is fine – yea for pussy grabbing. Hypocrisy… Continue reading…

Politics

Trump as Commodus

Thursday, 9th February 2017

I was watching Gladiator not long ago, and it just hit me: I’ve seen this movie before. Or rather, I am seeing it again. Donald Trump is the Emperor Commodus. He’s all about show. He… Continue reading…

Dialogue

Shock and Awe and Analogies

Saturday, 28th January 2017

From Jan. 28, 2017

A week of shock and awe pronouncements and diktats from the US emperor-president finishes with an unconstitutional, immoral, and hypocritical directive to bar people from specific countries to enter the US…. Continue reading…

Politics

Mirror World Nobels

Tuesday, 24th January 2017

From Jan. 24, 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/president-trump-is-planning-to-sign-executive-orders-on-immigration-this-week/2017/01/24/aba22b7a-e287-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html?pushid=breaking-news_1485313453&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.96350991e580

This feels like the opposite of Nobel prize week. Instead of a celebration of ideas that were successful, this is a week of really bad ideas.

Physics anti-prize –… Continue reading…

Ethics, Reason

Hypocrisy

Saturday, 14th January 2017

From Jan. 14, 2017

What’s wrong with hypocrisy? We usually think that it’s a violation of integrity, or that it’s a form of lying. These researchers argue that it’s about virtue signalling. We’re offended… Continue reading…