‘Immoral’ to advise family and friends on life choices, says Cambridge philosopher
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by Matthew Weaver
1w ago
‘Self authorship’ is a right, argues Dr Farbod Akhlaghi, and people should make their own decisions on new jobs or having children Giving friends and relations advice about crucial life choices such as whether to take a new job or start a family is immoral, according to a new paper by a Cambridge philosopher. Dr Farbod Akhlaghi, a moral philosopher at Christ’s College, argues that everyone has a right to “self authorship”, so must make decisions about transformative experiences for themselves ..read more
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Teaching philosophy in a children’s prison has shown me the meaning of anger | Andy West
Philosophy | The Guardian
by Andy West
1M ago
The arguments against imprisoning children are well established, yet still we lock up those who have been failed One morning when I was 14, I met my older brother as he came out of prison. His frame was more filled-out than normal, after a few months of regular meals. We walked into town and he told me he was serious about not going back inside this time. An hour later, on the high street, the police stopped us and searched him. I knew my brother didn’t want me to protest to the officers. If I did, the police might target me too. Even if they didn’t, I would just be left scolded by my own futi ..read more
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Why hasn’t Twitter reinstated my account? | Brief letters
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by Guardian Staff
1M ago
Twitter bansNew year honoursA flummoxed philosopherBrief gigglesHung up on hoi polloi Having read of Andrew Tate’s attempt to belittle Greta Thunberg, it cheered me up to hear of his arrest. What did surprise me was to read that his vile Twitter account had been reinstated after a ban (Andrew Tate put in 30-day pre-trial detention in Romania after arrest, 30 December). I’m still waiting to get my account back after being mildly rude about Nadine Dorries. Sue Boulding Baschurch, Shropshire • On reading Brian May’s name in the new year honours (New year honours 2023: Mary Quant and Lionesses amo ..read more
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Philosophers tackle ancient mystery of why women clean and men don’t notice
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by Amelia Hill
1M ago
Affordance theory highlights difference between the genders over domestic chores, say academics A friend and her husband recently moved home. Clearing out their old bathroom together, her husband turned to her in astonishment: “Look at this, we’ve lived here for three years and this soap dispenser has never run out!” Of course, the dispenser had run out many times – it’s just that he has always relied on her to fill it. Now, philosophers believe they have found why women continue to shoulder a disproportionate amount of housework and childcare in the modern era – but men think they do half of ..read more
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Longtermism: how good intentions and the rich created a dangerous creed
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by John Naughton
2M ago
Tech billionaires seem intent on giving away a lot of money. But are those who support ‘effective altruism’ ignoring the very real problems of today? In the past few weeks a photograph of Tony Blair and his buddy Bill Clinton sharing a panel with a scruffy kid wearing a T-shirt, baggy shorts and trainers has been doing the rounds. The April event was in the Bahamas and funded by an outfit called FTX – a supposedly “user-friendly crypto exchange” – owned by the scruffy kid, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF from now on). Blair and Clinton are looking very pleased to be there, providing confirmation of the ..read more
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Manuscript treasure trove may offer fresh understanding of Hegel
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by Sara Tor
2M ago
Exclusive: Library discovery of undocumented transcripts of German philosopher’s lectures like ‘finding new Beethoven score’ A biographer researching the German philosopher Hegel has uncovered a massive treasure trove of previously undocumented lectures that could change perceptions regarding one of the leading figures of modern western philosophy. More than 4,000 pages of notes on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s lectures were found by Klaus Vieweg in the library of the archdiocese of Munich and Freising ..read more
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If greed can ever be good, that philosophy didn’t work at FTX’s charity | Tim Adams
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by Tim Adams
2M ago
The ‘ethics stuff’ was just a front, says the bankrupted cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankmann-Fried I remember reading William MacAskill’s book Doing Good Better back in 2015 and wondering: is this too good to be true? MacAskill, the fresh-faced Oxford philosopher and prime mover of “effective altruism”, was on a mission to take personal emotion out of charitable giving. Doing good works was one thing, he suggested, but if you really wanted to scale charitable effect it was the duty of social justice warriors in the affluent west to earn as much money as possible, and then give it away in t ..read more
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Is the effective altruism movement in trouble? | Olúfẹ́mi O Táíwò and Joshua Stein
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by Olúfẹ́mi O Táíwò and Joshua Stein
2M ago
The scandal surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried is a dire warning about the potential of effective altruism’s power and influence Sam Bankman-Fried’s recent alleged fraud raises familiar questions about the reliability and regulation of cryptocurrency. But it also calls into question “effective altruism”, an intellectual movement in philanthropy. If the movement doesn’t change course, one of the most ambitious charitable drives in recent history will end up like so many others: a lab and playground for wealthy donors. Bankman-Fried was a junior at MIT when he first encountered William MacAskill, a f ..read more
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Having more money doesn’t buy you more happiness | Letter
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by Letters
3M ago
One reader on their experience of living at both ends of the wealth scale Having read your article on money and happiness (How much money makes you happy? We ask an expert, 28 October), I couldn’t disagree more with the opening line: “Money can buy happiness – just ask anyone without it.” I’ve lived at both ends of the wealth scale: below the poverty line with my girlfriend (as she was then) and 10-month-old son in a tiny, damp and barely furnished bedsit, and, much later, with my wife (as she is now), well above the 1% threshold for wealth in the UK. The thing about being poor is not that you ..read more
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Bruno Latour obituary
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by Stuart Jeffries
4M ago
French philosopher whose work spanned many disciplines and who believed we must take greater care of the Earth’s resources In his penultimate book, After Lockdown: A Metamorphosis (2021), the philosopher and ecological thinker Bruno Latour, who has died aged 75, argued that humans should emulate termites – even though they live in mounds made from masticated earth and faecal matter. Termites should be our role models, Latour argued, because they do not lay waste to the Earth, nor are any of them insect Elon Musks who seek to relocate to another planet. “That is escapist,” Latour said. “But whe ..read more
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