The Ethics of Praise

Thanks to the LATAM Free Will Project I just had he chance to attend a very interesting workshop on The Ethics of Praise. It started with a talk by Andrea Vial on the amazing work she has been doing on the relation between praise and stereotypes. In particular, she gave empirical evidence that, for example, […]

Bart Geurts’ Normative Pragmatics

According to Bart Geurt’s recent work, we, animals, use signals when we want others to behave in a certain way. Others, of course, need to also be motivated if we want them to do what we want. Thus, when we use signals we do not only express our desire to have others do something, but […]

Five Books of Contemporary Philosophy made in Mexico you ought to read right now!

Part I: Those already available in English Poverty: A Philosophical Approach by Paulette DieterlenA philosophical evaluation, based both on concrete observations and theoretical arguments, of the difficult interactions between poverty and public policy. In Dieterlen’s approach, poverty is both a political problem, for it involves exclusion and disenfranchisement, and an ethical problem in so far […]

Sesgos Cognitivos e Injusticias Estructurales

Al adquirir hábitos de pensamiento que nos permiten participar ‘mejor’ de una práctica social, adquirimos también sesgos que pueden llevarnos a cometer errores que no afectan nuestra participación en dichas prácticas pero sí pueden tener costos (sociales, epistémicos, ecológicos, etc.) sustanciales.

Injusticia Epistémica y Espacio Público según Ángeles Eraña

El nuestro es un espacio público deficiente, injusto, en el que algunos ya saben que no importa lo que los otros digan o piensen porque se pueden descontar fácilmente sus aportaciones, como ignorantes o estúpidas; un espacio en el que la única razón por las que se invitan ciertas voces no es para escucharlas sino […]

Open Questions in Social Ontology

Hsiang-Yun Chen and Sally Haslanger have just edited an special issue on Social Meaning and Reality for the EurAmerica Journal and it features an article by yours truly. This is how they summarize it on their introduction to the special issue: Just as there is a large variety of social categories that an individual can […]

Por qué la ley española de eutanasia marginaliza a los discapacitados

Al final de un artículo reciente, el filósofo Pablo de Lora a propósito de la reciente proposición de ley orgánica de regulación de la eutanasia por parte del grupo parlamentario socialista en España, ha escrito: Una mejor atención paliativa del dolor y del sufrimiento al final de la vida, o en las condiciones invalidantes y […]

The Morality of Risk and Harm

there is not one such thing as being right. We use normative language like ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for many purposes – to talk about what we should do from a first person perspective and to talk about how to judge other people’s actions from a third person perspectives (singular and plural), about who to praise and who to blame, about how to deal with the consequences of our actions and about how to assign responsibilities, etc.