Preface to Gun Control Legislation: Existence of Rights

Many discussions involving gun control legislation focus on arguments for various positions. These arguments have been hashed and rehashed many times in bars, formal debates, and on political platforms. We might dip our toe into some positive and negative arguments for various positions (Mr. Howd has already done this on the argument that gun control … Continue reading Preface to Gun Control Legislation: Existence of Rights

Rather than Buying Art, Relieve Suffering: Peter Singer Tries Aesthetics?

Included in Peter Singer’s book Ethics in the Real World is a short essay entitled The Ethical Cost of High-Price Art. The aim of the essay is to argue that the tens of millions of dollars spent on (especially) modern art is an unethical use of money, given that the purchase is not an investment … Continue reading Rather than Buying Art, Relieve Suffering: Peter Singer Tries Aesthetics?

The March for Our Lives and the Fragility of Mental Health-Related Gun Violence Solutions

In the recent CNN Townhall, young high school students conglomerated to question and express their concern to the NRA, United States Government, and others. Once NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch had her chance to speak, the following terms were frequently used: insane, monster, nuts, crazy, and madman. Much like Trump’s announcement on the matter, it has … Continue reading The March for Our Lives and the Fragility of Mental Health-Related Gun Violence Solutions

A Mistake in the Ethics of Purity Culture

For those unaware or not involved, Purity Culture is a movement largely (though not exclusively) found in evangelical and fundamentalist Christian communities. It strongly emphasizes an emotional purity between women and men and holds that the only morally acceptable sex is sex between a married, heterosexual couple. This manifests in purity conferences, purity balls, purity … Continue reading A Mistake in the Ethics of Purity Culture

Arguing the Semantics of Protest

In the midst of an argument, one might exclaim “We’re just arguing semantics.” This allegation expresses that the current disagreement has been reduced to a dispute over what the meanings of words and phrases are, rather than a dispute over concepts and facts. While arguing semantics is at times philosophically important, it is sometimes the … Continue reading Arguing the Semantics of Protest