An Ethical Argument for Philosophy Co-Authorship; on Friendship and Disagreement

This piece was co-written and co-published with Eric Schliesser. The most dazzling example of co-authorship is Paul ErdÅ‘s, who co-wrote more than 1400 papers in mathematics with 485 collaborators. (What is your ErdÅ‘s number?) To do this, he became functionally homeless: “His modus operandi was to show up on the doorstep of a fellow mathematician,… Continue reading An Ethical Argument for Philosophy Co-Authorship; on Friendship and Disagreement

Apologies to Eric Schliesser

In my last post, I noted that Jason Brennan’s published work strongly opposed disenfranchisement in the ordinary sense, and I claimed that Eric Schiesser had misrepresented his words in order to derive that conclusion. Today, Eric Schliesser supplied an unpublished paper in which Brennan offers an argument for experimentation with competency tests to disenfranchise incompetent… Continue reading Apologies to Eric Schliesser

Must we destroy the profession in order to save it?

Jason Brennan, The Ethics of Voting, 2011, page 5: “The right to vote and the rightness of voting are different things. I do not argue that we should disenfranchise anyone. Though I think many voters are wrong to vote, I will not argue that anyone should prevent them from voting.” (Emphasis mine) Eric Schliesser, New APPS,… Continue reading Must we destroy the profession in order to save it?