Category Archives: Reflections

Marianne’s philosophical reflections

Disability Rights

The last weekend school of the academic year was entitled Disability and the Right to Life: Would the Disabled be better off Dead? This got us off to a rather bad start – lots of people objected to the words … Continue reading

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The Refugee Crisis

So what should we do about the thousands of human beings risking their lives to find a safe haven in Europe? Newspapers are full of harrowing pictures; crammed boats negotiating wild seas, elderly people trudging through the snow clutching their … Continue reading

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Automated Robotic Weapons

In the House of Commons there are two red lines separating the two sides of the House. The lines are two sword-lengths apart. They are there to underline the fact that, in the House, disputes must be solved by discussion … Continue reading

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Korsgaard’s third lecture: Legal Rights for Animals

Claim: Animals have the right to be treated only in ways that are compatible with their good. Q: Why do animals have this right? A: Because animals co-own the world with us. Like us they have the right to ‘be … Continue reading

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Korsgaard Lecture Two: The Moral Standing of Animals

Kant is usually interpreted as arguing that the duties we take ourselves to have to animals are in fact duties we have to ourselves: if we mistreat animals we brutalise ourselves – we shouldn’t do this so we shouldn’t mistreat … Continue reading

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Animals, Human Beings and Other Persons – Professor Christine Korsgaard

I was privileged this week to go to a series of lectures by the renowned Kantian philosopher, Christine Korsgaard. This was hosted brilliantly by the Oxford Martin School. Professor Korsgaard gave three lectures. Today I will give a synopsis of … Continue reading

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The OUDCE Philosophical Society Members’ Weekend

In 2002 it seemed to me that it was such a shame that we have so many intelligent, interesting members of the OUDCE Philosophical Society, but that they never got a formal opportunity to make their views public. So I … Continue reading

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Excerpt from my new book: Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic

Truth and Falsehood Arguments are not true or false. Arguments are only good or bad. So the sentences that constitute an argument – the sentence that is asserted, and those sentences on the basis of which the first is asserted … Continue reading

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Assisted Dying

Last night a friend of mine died. She starved herself to death. Erina was 74. She couldn’t eat (she was fed through a ‘peg’). She couldn’t walk (she used a wheelchair). She couldn’t talk (she used a ‘possum’ – think … Continue reading

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Opening Minds

What a long and torturous road it has been to this new website. A major learning experience. But very interesting. I found the same thing with Twitter and Facebook. Until I taught myself how to use them I was sniffy; … Continue reading

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