Free will reigns in Middle-earth
By Aristophanes • October 17, 2017
In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien argues that free agency is the ultimate personal good.
Reliabilism’s causal component fails
By Aristophanes • October 13, 2017
The causal requirement cannot account for the many reasons one’s beliefs may be justified.
Free will is a comforting fantasy
By Aristophanes • October 9, 2017
Robert Kane’s theory of actions-based libertarianism makes three fatal errors.
Nozick’s libertarianism isn’t just
By Aristophanes • October 1, 2017
Libertarian theories often fail to account for unfair disparities in opportunity.
Originalism is shaping the Supreme Court
By Aristophanes • September 18, 2017
The doctrine of Neil Gorsuch and Antonin Scalia will influence the high court’s decisions for years to come.
Alexander, Weinberg and the problem of intuition
By Aristophanes • September 17, 2017
Two philosophers sought an answer to intuition’s utility. Their solution? Science.
Is there a moral obligation to give to charity?
By Aristophanes • September 14, 2017
Peter Singer says we must help whenever we are able, but his analysis isn’t quite right.
Moral imperialism isn’t novel
By Aristophanes • September 11, 2017
Modern thought is corrupted by a pervading present bias. The United States is no exception.
Criminal quarantine fails as an ethical theory
By Aristophanes • September 6, 2017
If free will doesn’t exist, how can we morally justify criminal containment?
Society fears existential truth
By Aristophanes • September 1, 2017
Existence is meaningless, but the truth could destroy civilization.
America faces a crisis of confidence
By Aristophanes • August 29, 2017
Vital democratic institutions are failing at an alarming rate.
Plato foresaw democracy’s fall
By Aristophanes • August 23, 2017
Plato said democracy is fundamentally chaotic. Good thing we’re not one.
Abortion, terror and trolley cars
By Aristophanes • August 20, 2017
Japan chose not to pay ransom for two kidnapped citizens. It was the right call.
What is free will — and do we have it?
By Aristophanes • August 19, 2017
Philosophers disagree on whether free will is compatible with physical determinism.