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Helen Frowe wrote me yesterday to try to understand better my position on how to count the agent’s interest in a trolley switching case. The text she was trying to understand was a piece I co-wrote with David Wasserman, called... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at PEA Soup
It's been a couple of days since the Senate released the torture report. The discussion in the press seems to concern (a) whether it really might be effective, (b) whether that doesn't miss the point, that it's wrong and that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at PEA Soup
The Institute for Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University is sponsoring a workshop on Deontological Principles and the Criminal Law. (More below the fold.) The concerns that motivate holding the workshop are these: The means principle (MP) or the doctrine... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at PEA Soup
A friend sent me a link to a New Yorker piece--link below--that pointed out that the self-driving cars that Google is developing will sometimes have to make "moral" decisions. The author, Gary Marcus, provides this example: "Your car is speeding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at PEA Soup
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