In Defense of Richard Dawkins?

Yesterday, as everyone knows, Richard Dawkins tweeted this: "Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think." The responses I've seen are pretty well summarized by the sarcastic title of the Jez piece on the subject: "Thank… » 7/30/14 7:01pm 7/30/14 7:01pm

"Personal" vs. "Political" in the Abortion Debate

The standard line about what it is to be pro-choice, is something like this: Every woman has the right to make independent and uncoerced decisions about her own body. The choices of one woman do not reflect what should be the choices of another woman. Woman A chooses to keep her pregnancy and that's great. Woman B… » 7/07/14 4:13pm 7/07/14 4:13pm

About that abortion article & its comments

Can we just excise the words "responsible" and "irresponsible" from all discussions of abortion? I have spent a ridiculous amount of my day reading and responding to comments on this post. The post itself is mostly fine; a guy with a blog is signal boosting a girl's description of her abortion. That part is great: the… » 5/21/14 8:35pm 5/21/14 8:35pm

What was/is your college major?

JenStrange's confusion about why "what is it like to be a bat" is near the top of Google suggestions if you type "what is it like..." was perhaps shared by you non-philosophers. But not by us philosophy majors! We all read Nagel. (He looks a bit like a bat himself, btw, which once caused me to giggle inappropriately.) » 5/13/14 5:04pm 5/13/14 5:04pm

Why I Think Emily Letts Is Important

I was really stunned and pleased when I read on Gawker about Emily Letts, the 25-year-old employee of an abortion clinic who chose to film her own abortion and publicly describe her experience with the procedure. The Gawker piece was about the death threats she's receiving (from "pro-lifers," LOL), and the comments… » 5/06/14 10:39pm 5/06/14 10:39pm