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My local library fines its patrons ten cents per overdue book per day. They will let you continue to borrow books as long as your fine balance is less than $10. As an academic, I sort of think of library... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at PEA Soup
This post was inspired by a story in the WaPo, the relevant detail of which is that, due to the economic hardship in Greece, some young Greek women are selling sex for the price of a sandwich they cannot otherwise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at PEA Soup
Supererogatory actions are those which are (1) morally meritorious or praiseworthy, but (2) not the fulfillment of a moral obligation or duty. I was having a conversation about this with a colleague today and upon reflection, it seems to me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at PEA Soup
Does moral responsibility require the ability to do otherwise? For example, must one have been able to refrain from an evil deed if one is to be appropriately blamed for it? The answer turns on the truth of a familiar... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at PEA Soup
Doug, What work is the personally possible/securable distinction doing in the safe-opening case? I can see why you might deploy it in the case of really complicated intentions like Great American Novels or chess games. (Ultimately, however, I think you don’t need to.) But dialing safe combinations (or winning lottery numbers) is pretty easy. Why don’t you just say that you are objectively required to dial 205-513-9437 but subjectively permitted not to?