Is Being Courageous Really Self-Serving?

Will we believe that courage is explained by the benefits of a good reputation? Or does ethics still offer a better explanation?

Why Do the Right Thing?

Why do the right thing, anyway?

Preaching Family Values while Paying for Ashley Madison

What if the people who give us advice on how to live are not the best guides? What if people who need to make some rule a very big deal in order to motivate themselves are the ones invested in doling out prudential advice?

When Does "No Mean No" for Children in Family Court?

As has been widely reported, Judge Lisa Gorcyca told the children they were in “direct contempt” because “I ordered you to have a healthy relationship with your father.”

Unstructured Play and Children's Development

What does less-structured time in children's daily lives predict?

Killing Lions and Self-Respect

Philosopher Dave Schmidtz addresses the value of trees, lions and other animals in a way that can explain why we care so much about the killing of a lion.

Three Siblings Jailed by Family Court Judge

A Family Court Judge in Michigan forces three children into juvenile detention as punishment for not wanting to see their father. Do children have any rights?

What Happened to the King Solomon Test?

Michigan's Judge Lisa Gorcyca had a father's consent to placing his children in the extremely dangerous juvenile detention system over their summer break because they would not speak with him.

Bringing Down the Confederate Flag

Morality and its requirements explain how people are now thinking about the Confederate flag.

Professors Running Scared?

Some professors have always been afraid of their students, this pre-dates even women being in classrooms. But why are there so many complaints about this today? Could today's students be as frightening as they say?

The Puzzling Unhappiness of Braggarts

What can John Mayer tell us about happiness?

Honest Sex Ed

What you would say, if you were very being honest, about the role of sex in a life?

Martial Arts and Philosophy

What does pursuing a passion, with all the blood and pain involved in doing that properly, add to our lives?

Complaining About Young Women

Today's young women are somehow obsessed with their own victimhood? Where do ideas like this come from?

Campus Rape Skepticism

Emily Yoffe's journalism about campus rape is an attempt to replace the expertise of those doing research. I can see this being appropriate in a blog post, which is about an author’s “journey," but where else is this type of usurping of attention to experts or actual research helpful?

Facebook and Happiness

Given results in social psychology, should we be very careful of using Facebook passively, lest we too succumb to a decline in affective well-being?

The Best Laid Schemes of Wives and Men

Our very own goals, such a being in a loving relationship, bring about some limits on our behavior.

When Can a 17-Year-Old Say No to Cancer Treatment?

In the case of a teenager who ran away from home to avoid chemotherapy, who was then taken into temporary custody by the state and still had to be restrained in order to undergo surgery, the Supreme Court of Connecticut has upheld an earlier decision made by the state's child welfare agency: the state may force cancer treatment on a minor.

Can a 17-Year-Old Refuse to Consent to Cancer Treatment?

A 17-year-old is attempting to refuse further chemotherapy and her arguments will be heard before the Supreme Court of Connecticut on Thursday. What reasons exist for denying teenagers the ability to consent to medical treatment?

Cooking and Depression

Cooking and baking are pursuits that fit a type of therapy known as behavioral activation.

Virtue and the Self

What if ancient advice fits nicely with modern accounts of the self?

How Not to Blame a Twelve-Year-Old for Being Shot by Police

Why would a journalist try to blame 12-year-old Tamir Rice for his death, when other children play with toy guns, too?

The Norman High School Rapes and Sexism

When defending a rapist, what kind of things get said?

Is It Easier to Do It Yourself?

What if, in our rush to take care of their every want and need, we are denying children the chance to lessen their interests in what they think they very much want or need. Most children outgrow temper tantrums. What role is played by those children being able to do a lot more for themselves, and moderate their cravings thereby?

Pleasure Seeking and Pain Avoidant Bio-Mechanisms

Even children find themselves disappointed by the pleasures they counted on. Their very simple pleasures. That what we adults find pleasurable is hard for us to reliably predict becomes stranger still when we reflect on the extent to which we are involved in determining what counts as a pleasure.

"Kicking the Bucket List"

The New Yorker's Rebecca Mead just published a punchy critique of the idea of a "bucket list." What is the strategy involved in bucket lists? Are they conducive to happiness?

What is our relationship to our self like?

Is there some way in which we relate to ourselves? How is it best described? Are we a friend to ourselves? Are we in control? Are we observers?

Foster Care as Punishment?

Who decides when foster care is appropriate? And who can we ask?

Working Mother Arrested for Letting 9-Year-Old Play

How many poor working mothers should we arrest? And for what reasons?

Police and Moral Authority

Another female jaywalker has been "taken down." Do police get asked enough what is ethical about their work?

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