Person vs. Lying Robot: A Lesson In Ethics

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

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A Cat and Some Sparkly Uggs

One day, after feeling very discouraged by the sense that my students "didn't get" why it was worth talking about gender, race, and other social justice issues as we were in my feminist philosophy class, I started with an impromptu mini-lecture on Ugg boots and hermeneutic horizons. As the semester came to an end and … Continue reading A Cat and Some Sparkly Uggs

Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy

**This week I've been following the conversation on a feminist philosophy listserv about an article that appeared this week in The Chronicle. With each message that gets posted I've wanted to add something from my prospective as a grad student who passionately teaches philosophy to non-majors, but as I started to write, my response got … Continue reading Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy

Think for a Change (17): It’s Okay to Be Gay!

In light of National Coming Out Day, I discuss arguments for gaining legal protection for LGBT people which target subjective moral judgments, such as the belief that homosexuality is wrong. Rather than arguing in apologetic terms for mere acceptance and tolerance, I suggest that recognizing the role of choice in sexuality does not inhibit making … Continue reading Think for a Change (17): It’s Okay to Be Gay!