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Jennifer Baker Ph.D.
Do members of the "intellectual dark web" see any role for personal ethics? Why do they not use it in explanation of our behavior?
The consequences of cheating are such that they impact your self-image and, as Aristotle puts it, your chance for happiness.
Did the filmmakers of 'Paddleton' intend to reflect Epicurean philosophy so accurately, plausibly, and appealingly?
If philosophy is for the purpose of getting us to think, Elizabeth Anscombe is a consummate philosopher. This collection of essays seems a great aid to engaging with ethics.
Is it outrageous to suggest that masculinity is something that comes in degrees, and ought to be assessed in terms of the good?
Why don't we consult Emerson more often? And why not on the topic of aging well? He might be of some use.
Can't we explain what it is to be good more precisely than saying "being monstrous" is good? Would remembering what we know from sports help?
Are critics of Dr. Ford's reaction as a teen suggesting that she should have been angrier at the time? What good could more anger do?
Prominent writers have been arguing that the way people use twitter (to mock and critique) is somehow wrong. Virtue ethics would have us think otherwise.
"Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislation? Why has every man a conscience, then?"
To insist that there is a crisis among men today and that the solution is that women have more "courageous faith" in men is a full reversal of the Stoic notion of ethics.
Peterson borrows some Stoic bromides, but as he abandons the idea that humans can be happy, he seems to abandon traditional ethics, as well.
When our tragedies appear senseless, is Albert Camus's philosophy of any help?
Can we solve the problem of racism by "showing up" and "doing the work?" The limits of Brené Brown's approach to racism.
Epicurean ideas are still shocking today. But do we have good reasons for rejecting their views on happiness?
"A feeling of being especially alive in the hurly-burly of challenge and debate."
What is the impact of discussing one's privilege?
A 15-year-old threw a firecracker tha started a major forest fire in Oregon. The public wants him held responsible. Does it matter whether he intended to cause so much harm or not?
The hope virtue ethicists have is the hope Douglass had: people can morally improve if they are "signaling" some of the right things in the first place.
You can spend a lot of time, nearly all of your time, raising children and still not be given the opportunity to reflect on how odd some of the stages are.
Matthew Crawford criticizes David Foster Wallace's advice about finding meaning in “The World Beyond Your Head."
Researchers tell us how important friendship is for our happiness and health. But what is friendship? Can the thought of Emerson highlight its complexities?
Is the meaningfulness of gaming playing a role in its increasing popularity?
If we do not reflect on the role of leisure in a life, how are we to regard an unprecedented rise in engagement in leisure activities among young men?
Is "trivializing human authority" something good people must do? A look back at those who resisted in Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments.
New research explains why people are quick to condemn those who leave their children unattended.
Do Family Court Judges order children to spend time with high school graduates in hotel rooms, forced to watch Nazi videos, and then have their mothers called Nazis? Yes.
What can The Big Short tells us about markets and moral character?
"Parental Alienation Syndrome" is tailor-made to dismiss harm done to children. Advocates for it will not count obvious harms as significant as they push their theory.
What would it mean if the image of an eye was enough to get us to better our behavior?
Jennifer Baker, Ph.D., is an associate professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston.
This blog considers how various ideas from philosophy might be applied to our lives.