Desirism
​Good Desires and Better Worlds

​In Progress

This is the document that I am working on at the moment. If you are curious, you can give it a look - and provide feedback, if you wish. I would be pleased if you did.
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​Bigotry and the Immorality of Moral Sentimentalism: Moral sentimentalism is a theory that holds that moral statements are statements of an individual's sentiment - one's approval or disapproval of certain acts. In this paper I use bigotry as an example to criticize a defense of moral sentimentalism by Jesse Prinz. (Revised 20170405)
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​The Living Wage: ​This is one of the documents that I am working on for the Party of Reason and Progress (PORP). It argues that the unemployment effects of raising the minimum wage are unknown. Given that there is a chance of inflicting harm with a minimum wage increase, we should take steps to provide help to those people.
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​Freedom of Speech: This is another paper I am drafting for the Party of Reason and Progress (PORP), this one arguing for a right to freedom of speech consisting of a right to immunity from violence or threats of violence for communicative actions.

Drafts

This section contains documents that are more-or-less finished, at least as a first draft. If you have comments or criticisms, I would be pleased to hear them.
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​Morality from the Ground Up: The Basics of Desirism: This document describes basic desirism by showing how beings who perform intentional actions (grounded on desires), where some desires can be molded by rewards (such as praise) and punishments (such as condemnation) can develop a moral system.
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​Moral Issues with the 2016 Presidential Campaign of Bernie Sanders: This paper presents three morally questionable elements in the 2016 Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders: (1) A lack of regard for scientific evidence, (2) Scapegoating - campaigning on a message of "us" versus "them", and (3) A discregard for the well-being of the global poor.
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​G.E. Moore's Naturalistic Fallacy: Desirism reduces moral properties to natural properties - relationships between malleable desires and other desires. Some tend to assert that this violates G.E. Moore's "naturalistic fallacy". This document examines the fallacy and explains its irrelevance to this theory.
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​A Moral Aversion Theory of Punishment: ​In the book, ​The Problem of Punishment​, David Boonin argues that punishment is unjustified. He looks at various theories of punishment and judges that all of them fail in their task to justify punishment for criminal wrongdoing. In this paper, I argue that Boonin did not give motive utilitarian theories of punishment their due.
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​A Foundation for Political Change: I wrote this paper as an objection to the dominant political view of "libertarianism" that currently holds power. I argue against it on philosophical grounds, taking John Locke as a philosophical ally, and present ideas on how best to go about improving the quality of elected officials.
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​Consequences Are Everything? This is a paper written against purely consequentialist theories of ethics. In it, I attempt to provide a simple account of the three types of moral theories - consequentialism, deontology, and virtue theory. Then I give a quick account of how desirism unifies these three theories.