* I'm a proud and avid supporter of Planned Parenthood for the many necessary and safe services they provide. I volunteered a bit for Planned Parenthood while in high school, and they provided me with affordable birth control then and in college. In graduate school, I found myself sitting in the waiting room of my local … Continue reading Ask Me About My Abortion. Then Ask the People Closest to You.
Dear Elliott, Let me begin by extending my most sincere apology for letting so much time lapse before responding to your message. In the spirit of publicly thinking through philosophical issues, I hope you also accept this very public reply as an acceptable way to engage with the topics you presented, namely this: What possibilities does schooling present for instilling … Continue reading A Letter to Elliott: On Education, Philosophy, and Feminism, Or, What Sucks About School and What We Can Do About It
It's been some months now that I've had abortion on the forefront of my mind. I've wanted to write a post about abortion, I still want to write about it, and there's more to say, more to think about, and more to engage with every week as states across the country keep working in creative … Continue reading My Abortion Story: Part I
We love democracy. As a nation we emphatically declare the importance of granting power to the people and even promote the international spread of democracy as one of our nation's greatest missions. But I'm not convinced it's really all that great of thing. In fact, when it comes to moral and political matters of right … Continue reading Democracy and the Moral Majority: Why Third Graders Know Better
One of my favorite things about studying philosophy is that the practice of critical thinking and argumentative analysis develops one's skills in thinking outside of the box. It helps one see how one idea connects to another, how one assumption leads to a certain conclusion, and in life, it helps us better understand how and … Continue reading Why Truth?:Thinking Outside of the Box
I've learned a lot this semester while teaching my first class in Medical and Healthcare Ethics. We've covered a range of topics that I hope to eventually make videos and write posts about, but one insight in particular has repeatedly been made apparent to me in my personal life: It's inappropriate to respond to everything in the … Continue reading Person vs. Lying Robot: A Lesson In Ethics
Rich, lively conversations can be fun, energizing, and illuminating, but sometimes they can also get quite uncomfortable. This is especially evident when our conversations become more than a place for us to merely vent and get things off of our chests by "reporting the facts" ("Oh, he's really nice;" "The lasagna I had last night … Continue reading Why I Fear a “Fear of the Unknown”