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What kind of thing is ‘hate’?

‘Homophobia’ looks like it’s a word for a kind of fear (likewise for ‘transphobia’, ‘fatphobia’, etc.); ‘misogyny’ looks like it’s a word for a kind of hatred (likewise for ‘misandry’). And ‘racism’ looks like it’s a word for some sort … Continue reading

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Links and random thoughts

A few posts I’ve read recently, liked a lot, and am sharing here: Libertarian Social Justice Warrior: A Surprisingly Coherent Position. Nicely lays out the case for people interested in social justice to appropriate, if not the label ‘libertarian’, at … Continue reading

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Why I’m anti-marriage, and why I got married.

A few weeks ago I got married, slightly to my surprise. My partner and I both dislike marriage as an institution, but our living situation changed in a way that made it financially and legally advantageous to have a marriage … Continue reading

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Heap of Links: Dutch Elections, Yet More ‘Racism-or-Economics’, and Healthy Fat People

Sadly I haven’t been posting as frequently as I had hoped to, and I’m not really posting today either, but I wanted to throw out some good links. First: The Dutch election seems to have helped the ‘Green Left’ more … Continue reading

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Peter Singer, Ableism, and the Argument from Marginal Cases

Later this month, Peter Singer is giving an invited lecture at my philosophy department; ironically, I learnt this on the same day that I read a comment thread on facebook that got more than a hundred comments, about whether Singer’s … Continue reading

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Still making progress

Just a quick link to a discussion of the marked decline of large-scale open armed conflict in the world. “Death tolls from wars in the 1970s and 1980s were 4–5 times higher than they are today. We are, despite reports of … Continue reading

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Follow-up on ‘Racism or Economics?’

A week or so ago I posted about a question I had seen asked by a lot of people dismayed by Trump’s election – ‘is it really about the economy? or really about racism?’ I claimed that this is really … Continue reading

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