–Arts and letters for the modern age–

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–Arts and Letters for the Modern Age–

Daniel A. Kaufman

Caring and Catering

Caring and Catering

As I was nearing retirement, I found myself in an exchange on social media with several philosophers on the subject of conversations between ethical vegans and meat eaters about the rightness or wrongness of eating meat. The following remarks by one of the...

On Our Use of the Moral Idiom

On Our Use of the Moral Idiom

An unpopular teen – call her “D” – is in her high school cafeteria, eating alone. Several other girls taunt and humiliate her, to the point that she bursts into tears and begs them to cease their torments, crying, “You’re hurting my feelings, please stop!” What would...

Reasons, Causes and Social Science

Reasons, Causes and Social Science

This is a much-discussed topic in philosophy, and a number of classics inform my views here, including: Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (1949); Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953); Peter Winch, The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to...

Intuition and Morals

Intuition and Morals

I want to say a few things about morality and intuition and the relationship between the two. One is that some variety of what is commonly called “moral intuitionism” must be true; that is, if there are such things as moral obligations and duties, however conceived....

Standards

Standards

Both religion and philosophy endeavor to provide us with objective standards for our moral and aesthetic and other judgments, as well as our actions. Religion does it by stipulating a supreme authority in the person of God, while philosophy does it by appeal to reason...