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04/01/2017

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Justin W.

Related: my pet peeve is that the subject matter of part 4 has come to be known as "population ethics." The population issue is just a handy example for the more fundamental question of the roles of quality and quantity in assessing outcomes generally.

Stephen Turner

The film Rocco and his Brothers opens with a scene in which the impoverished southern Italian family living in Milan opens the window of their basement apartment to see snow. They yell "work for Everybody." This is how I see these boomlets in philosophy: you get a Rawls, or the idea of collective intentionality, or population ethics, or scientific realism, and there is a boom not in criticizing, but in cranking out applications and refinements-- which gives people something to put on their vitas and creates the illusion that there is something there. But it is mostly philosophical makework, and too often there is nothing there. And there are not enough people pointing this out.

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