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The Procreative Gamble

A version of this essay is forthcoming in Think, a project of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. For footnotes, please email me at traskin@jd22.law.harvard.edu. This essay defends the theory of sliding-scale anti-natalism. According to this theory, the moral permissibility of

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Reform or Abolition?: Lessons From the Death Penalty

A version of this essay originally appeared here. When confronted with overwhelming evidence of a discriminatory state practice, a decent society responds in one of two ways: by trying to remove discrimination from the practice, or by scrapping the practice

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Should Effective Altruists Focus More on American Poverty?

The conventional wisdom among Effective Altruists is that financially secure Americans should support desperately poor people abroad before trying to help poor Americans. Because the relative poor of the United States are richer than the absolute poor of the Global

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Are There Moral Reasons to Love Those We Serve?

Utilitarianism and egalitarianism are theories of moral (and perhaps political) obligation. Generally framed, they invite people to redistribute things they own—such as dollars, clothes, and body parts—to those who need them more. But do these theories have anything to say

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Fighting Seals: Reflections on Daniel D’Amico’s Defense of Factory Farming

The written form of this lecture originally appeared in the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. ___________________________________________________________________________ Abstract In a written defense of factory farming, Daniel D’Amico argues that our instinct to prioritize human life over animal life in certain lifeboat

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