And is it wrong even if they don’t have children?

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Incest is widely condemned as being morally wrong (and disgusting). The interesting philosophical question is whether or not such intuition can be justified.

Suppose there is a couple who meet on a dating site and eventually get married. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually siblings that were separated at birth. They’re shocked when they find out and are unsure if they should continue having sexual relations with each other.

Would it be morally wrong for them to stay together? If so, why?

Perhaps you think it’d be wrong because you think closely related parents are more likely to bring about…


And are the killer’s motives relevant?

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The shootings in Atlanta have been interpreted by many as another instance of anti-Asian violence sparked by racism and white supremacy, even though the shooter stated that his motives were of a different kind. Trevor Noah, for instance, stated the following in response to the killer’s confession: “You killed six Asian people. Specifically, you went there. If there’s anyone who’s racist, it’s a m*****f***** who kills six Asian women. Your murders speak louder than your words.”

Some, like Andrew Sullivan, have pushed back on this narrative. “What you see here is social justice ideology insisting, as Dean Baquet temporarily explained…


Based on a true story.

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Consider the following scenario.

Person A and person B find each other over the internet and discuss their interest in eating a part of person B’s body. Person B eventually goes over to person A’s house where they cut off person B’s penis to consume. Both people participate in the meal. And it’s a sexual thing.

This scenario is based on a true story. You can read the gruesome details here.

The question I’m asking is this: Was it wrong for person A to cut off and then consume part of person B’s penis if the latter consented?

Your answer…


You can want a hearing child because it’ll make their life easier.

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The nascent technology that allows us to genetically alter our babies — that is, CRISPR — raises interesting questions regarding which traits we believe are good or bad. Presumably, we want to alter our babies because we want them to possess good traits and not bad ones. So we want them to be smart because being smart is good. And we don’t want them to have cancer because having cancer is bad.

But what about something like being deaf? Most people likely believe that being deaf is a disability and that it’s something to be cured. But many deaf people…


Police use-of-force guidelines.

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The national discussion on police brutality raises interesting questions about use-of-force protocols. When is it ever justified for an officer to shoot a suspect? When is it justified to use a taser? When does physical force become excessive?

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which is the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders, released the National Consensus Discussion Paper on Use of Force and Consensus Policy (revised July 2020). This document outlines suggested practices from which law enforcement agencies can develop their own use-of-force policies. …


Suggestions from cops themselves.

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There are very few topics in today’s political climate that are as controversial as “defund the police.” Advocates of the movement believe that resources should be reallocated away from police departments to other government agencies partly because not all situations that cops are currently called to require an armed response. Critics, on the other hand, believe that defunding the police will simply lead to more crime.

While there are legitimate questions about the proper scope of policing, the debate around defunding the police has overshadowed other proposals for police reform, which is unfortunate because the problem of police brutality is…


Ending one’s life can prevent decreases in one’s lifetime well-being.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not advising people to take their own lives; rather, I’m presenting a philosophical argument for why suicide can be rational.

To say that some action X can be rational to do is to say that one can have good reason to do X. So in the case of suicide, to say that it can be rational means that one can have good reason to take one’s own life.

Good reasons can be split into two kinds: moral and prudential. (Some philosophers think that these two are one and the same.) …


There are 10 different classes of necrophiles. Let’s take a look at them, one by one.

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There are very few actions that are so disgusting that they draw almost universal moral condemnation. Interestingly, since our feelings of disgust are not usually reflected upon, actions that incite those feelings make for rich philosophical investigation.

This article will be focused on the ethics of necrophilia.

Contrary to what you may think, there are actually different kinds of necrophiles — 10 different classes, according to Dr. Anil Aggrawal. What follows is a moral analysis of every one of them. (Descriptions of each class were taken from Dr. Aggrawal’s book.)

I. Role players

These people do not want to have sex with a…


Let’s take a look at what went wrong.

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According to The Texan, “Michael Hickson, husband to Melissa and father of five children, died at age 46 on Thursday, June 11 at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center after the hospital withheld treatment from him, including hydration and nutrition, for six days.”

Here are most of the key details:

  1. Though Mr. Hickson became a quadriplegic after a cardiac arrest in 2017, Mrs. Hickson stated that he did not a poor quality of life, and that “[h]e regained his personality, had memories of past events, loved to do math calculations, and answer trivia questions.”
  2. Mr. Hickson was taken to the…


Going beyond showing disparities.

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The killing of George Floyd has once again sparked a national discussion on systemic racism and police reform. The left claims that the criminal justice system treats Black people unfairly whereas many conservatives and skeptics are not convinced. The debate largely comes down to a disagreement over what the data show.

For instance, one chart that I’ve seen shared by some is the following:

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