The response to the US election by different people has highlighted a problem I’d call narrative driven arguments. In a narrative driven argument, you have a narrative and fit the data to your narrative, when of course it should be the other way around!

One of the problems with narrative…

What do I mean by a moral theory?

I think of a moral theory as something that, given two options A and B, judges which one you should do. It can be ambivalent between A and B i.e. it’s ok to take either, but it has to be purposefully ambivalent, not just confused and unable to make a…

Counterfactual thinking is all about asking “what would happen if I didn’t do x?” It is key to evaluating the impact of our actions. The impact of an action x is the difference between the world where I take action x, and the world where I don’t. For example, the…

Moral philosophy is of course incredibly complex and many people disagree strongly. I think over time I’m becoming less certain of my own moral philosophy, as I realise how much my philosophy is based on intuition. Also the fact so many people disagree gives me pause about being confident about…

This should be my 14th blogpost now and is the end of the period of time I committed to doing the posts for. I now need to decide whether I’m going to carry on, stop completely, or amend the frequency with which I post.

Firstly I’m going to reflect on…

Robert Harling

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