Against Libertarian Criticisms of Redistribution

Pt 1: Nonaggression tells us nothing about the morality of redistribution According to the non-aggression principle one should never interfere with the person or legitimate property of another without their permission, unless they have initiated aggression against one first. The non-aggression principle is sometimes taken to be a master argument for libertarian views against the … Continue reading Against Libertarian Criticisms of Redistribution

A thought experiment against retributive punishment in judicial contexts.

Retributive punishment is punishment carried out because it is felt to be deserved, not because it rehabilitates, incapacitates or deters. In practice of course punishment is usually thought to have many purposes, and retribution will only be one. Many people argue though that a concern for retribution should -while being balanced against other concerns- play … Continue reading A thought experiment against retributive punishment in judicial contexts.

Carving up the philosophical terrain around personal identity a little differently

Warning: I haven’t studied personal identity since a single undergraduate subject, so I’m guessing this distinction already exists in the literature and I just didn’t find it with a cursory search, I claim no originality for this, and if someone can find a source, let me know so I can give credit. Many people are … Continue reading Carving up the philosophical terrain around personal identity a little differently

Through-going subjective Bayesianism as a solution to the problem of scepticism

A common argument for the existence of God is that there is something rather than nothing. There are many good replies to this argument, but one of the more sophisticated challenges our sense that ‘nothing’ is the ordinary state of things and ‘something’ is an exception that needs explanation. There is an enormous, uncountably infinite … Continue reading Through-going subjective Bayesianism as a solution to the problem of scepticism