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Upcoming Ethics Discussion, October 22-24: David Enoch’s “Hypothetical Consent and the Value(s) of Autonomy,” with a critical précis by Beth Vallentine

We’re excited to announce our next Ethics discussion, which will be about David Enoch‘s “Hypothetical Consent and the Value(s) of Autonomy.” The paper is available through open access hereBeth Valentine has kindly agreed to contribute a critical précis. Join us October 22-24!

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(Additional) Reasons to Rule out Initiating Sexual Relationships with Those You Have Power Over

I want to gesture towards some considerations that tell against initiating sexual relationships with people you hold real professional power over. Perhaps such relationships are already agreed on all hands to be quite problematic. If so, this post will just urge new (to me) reasons for settled conclusions. If not, perhaps these considerations might tip the balance for some.

Likely you have heard by now that LOTS of people have been posting “Me too” on Facebook and Twitter. Most of these posts contain something like this by way of explanation: “If everyone who has been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”


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Expressivism without Minimalism

By Tristram McPherson

It is a striking fact that many of the most recently influential expressivists (e.g. Simon Blackburn, Allan Gibbard, Mark Timmons) have embraced minimalist accounts of words such as ‘truth,’ ‘fact,’ and ‘property.’ And others have argued that embracing minimalism is indispensable for the expressivist. In this post, I argue that expressivists can and should resist the idea that they are forced to embrace minimalism.


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NDPR Forum: Christine Tappolet’s Emotions, Values, and Agency

Welcome to our latest installment of the NDPR Forum, a place for authors to discuss their books and the NDPR reviews of them. Today we welcome discussion of Christine Tappolet’s recent book Emotions, Values, and Agency, reviewed a few months ago by Benjamin De Mesel in NDPR.


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JMP discussion: Jeff Sebo’s “Agency and Moral Status”

Welcome to the fourth Journal of Moral Philosophy discussion here at PEA Soup (September 29th to October 1st). This is sure to be another insightful and productive discussion, this time on Jeff Sebo‘s “Agency and Moral Status” This paper is currently available in the “Advance Articles” section online at the Journal of Moral Philosophy. They have kindly provided free access to the paper, which can be viewed or downloaded here. José Luis Bermúdez wrote a critical précis and commentary which is posted below. Please join the fun!


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Coming Featured Philosopher: McPherson on Expressivism without Minimalism

I am happy to announce our next Featured Philosophy post.  On next Thursday, October 5th,  Tristram McPherson (Ohio State University) will be sharing his post “Expressivism without Minimalism”.  Please swing by then to join the discussion!

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Announcing the 2017 PEA Soup Award Winners

After considered deliberation, the editors and readers have chosen the recipients of the first annual PEA Soup Awards! This year we gave away over $4,000 in awards to some amazing ideas. The awards are split into four categories: PEA Soup Ideas, for posts that have been published on PEA Soup; Good Citizen Awards, which recognize the most active contributors to the PEA Soup community; the PEA Soup Paper Prize, which recognizes the readers’ and editors’ favorite philosophy papers featured on the site; and the External Online Ethics Prize, which recognizes great philosophy writing elsewhere on the web.

Congratulations to all the winners, and be sure to check out these ideas well worth recognizing.

PEA Soup Ideas Awards

Applied Ethics
First Place: Joshua Knobe, “What Does it Mean to ‘Normalize’ Trump?”
Second Place: Lawrence Blum, “Justice and Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.”

Normative Ethics
First Place: Victor Tadros, “Wrongs and Crimes.”
Second Place: Jussi Suikkanen, “Does the Shape of an Outcome Matter?”

First Place: Eden Lin, “Sophisticated Theories of Welfare.”
Second Place: Reid Blackman, “Roles Ground Reasons; So Internalism is False.”

Political Philosophy
First Place: Jessica Flanigan, “Rational Egalitarianism and Politics.”

Good Citizen Awards

Contributor Award for Audience Engagement
Andrew Forcehimes
Mark Alfano

Contributor Award for Number of Contributions
Brad Cokelet

Top Commentator Award
Sergio Tennenbaum
Dale Miller

Paper Prize

Editors’ Choice
Molly Gardner, “On the Strength of the Reason Against Harming.”

Readers’ Choice
Theron Pummer, “Whether and Where to Give.”

External Online Ethics Prize

First Place: Adam Hosein, “Do Outsiders Have Legal Rights?”
Second Place: Nils-Hennes Stear, “Syrian Refugees and a Bowl of Skittles.”
Honorable Mention: Howard J. Curzer, “Voting Ethics And The Lesser Evil.”
Honorable Mention: Gary Comstock, “You Should Not Have Let Your Baby Die.”

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