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Productive Justice And Compulsory Service, Alexander Sager Oct 2016

Productive Justice And Compulsory Service, Alexander Sager

Philosophy Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper is part of the Special Issue: Book symposium on Debating Brain Drain: May Government Restrict Emigration? More papers from this issue can be found at http://www.ethicsandglobalpolitics.net


From Relative Truth To Finean Non-Factualism, Alexander Jackson Mar 2016

From Relative Truth To Finean Non-Factualism, Alexander Jackson

Philosophy Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper compares two ‘relativist’ theories about deliciousness: truth-relativism, and Kit Fine’s non-factualism about a subject-matter. Contemporary truth-relativism is presented as a linguistic thesis; its metaphysical underpinning is often neglected. I distinguish three views about the obtaining of worldly states of affairs concerning deliciousness, and argue that none yields a satisfactory version of truth-relativism. Finean non-factualism about deliciousness is not subject to the problems with truth-relativism. I conclude that Finean non- factualism is the better relativist theory. As I explain, non-facualism about deliciousness is happily combined with an invariantist semantics for the word “delicious”. On this approach, relativism is ...


A Subjectivist Solution To The Problem Of Harm In Genetic Enhancement, Sruthi Rothenfluch Jan 2016

A Subjectivist Solution To The Problem Of Harm In Genetic Enhancement, Sruthi Rothenfluch

Philosophy Faculty Publications and Presentations

Some have recently argued that parents are morally obligated, under certain circumstances, to use pre-natal genetic intervention as a means of enhancement. Despite aiming to benefit the child, such intervention may produce serious and irreparable harm. In these cases, parents seem to have an obligation not to intervene, as such efforts make the child worse off. Julian Savulesu has argued that while harm raises doubts about the acceptability of genetic enhancement, genetic selection remains an obligation. This claim, however, rests on an indefensible privileging of personal over impersonal harm. I propose instead that we reframe the debate as stemming from ...


Humeaneyes (“One Particular Shade Of Blue”), Angela Coventry, Emilio Mazza Jan 2016

Humeaneyes (“One Particular Shade Of Blue”), Angela Coventry, Emilio Mazza

Philosophy Faculty Publications and Presentations

Grey-blue eyes and a fixed look: Is he a philosopher or a dumb ox? Hume’s eyes and face are trifle which can lead us into some curiosities connected with his life and writings. Looking through Hume’s eyes, we can outline the scholars’ propensity to describe the (painted) face of their favourite philosopher and spread upon it their reading of his work. We can ask questions about portraits and resemblance as a standard of beauty. We can survey the eighteenth-century sentiments on physiognomy, and the paradox of the “fat philosopher”, at once, both clumsy and refined. We can inquire ...