Assessing anti-porn feminism

What are the harms caused by pornography as presented by the anti-porn feminists? Helen Longino identifies three main ways that pornography harms women. The first is that pornography, but especially violent pornography is implicated in violent crimes that are committed against women. Secondly, pornography defames women due to the ‘lies’ it endorses which surround the… Continue reading Assessing anti-porn feminism


Do states have a legitimate basis to say no to immigration?

Christopher Wellman suggests that the reason why sates can refuse immigrants is based on a presumption that states have a moral justification in excluding potential immigrants because states have a right to self-determination. This self-determination is needed so that states can protect  individual’s right to freedom of association. The question to ask then, is can… Continue reading Do states have a legitimate basis to say no to immigration?

Aristotle’s Constitution

“The politician and lawgiver is wholly occupied with the city-state, and the constitution is a certain way of organizing those who inhabit the city-state” (III.1.1274b36-8). Aristotle's general theory of constitutions is set forth in Politics III. He begins with a definition of the citizen (politês), the city-state is by nature a collective entity, a multitude… Continue reading Aristotle’s Constitution

Criticising Utilitarianism 101

Utilitarianism initially seems easily applicable to questions of justice. In its broadest sense it seeks to create the greatest happiness for the greatest number in an objective way. There is total impartiality, and no value or preference bias is allowed. Utilitarianism has many flaws to deal with, specifically how demanding it is, this may in… Continue reading Criticising Utilitarianism 101

Is there a tension between feminism and multiculturalism?

A simple reading of feminism that all women should be regarded as equal in relation to their male counterparts and should not be disadvantaged by their gender, it is generally seen as a positive ideology that is applicable to all, and if it is not, there are some proponents who hold that it should be.… Continue reading Is there a tension between feminism and multiculturalism?

Aristotle and Eastenders

It is often the case that people feel that it is totally fine to sneer at soaps on TV. You may not personally like them, but after a revision of Aristotle and dipping in to Poetics I thought that it might be interesting to see if we can consider Eastenders to be an example of… Continue reading Aristotle and Eastenders

Kant and animal testing

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 sets out what makes animal experimentation legal. It begins by outlining those animals that fall under its jurisdiction. Namely it is a non-human vertebrate that has a level of independence, which it stipulates as the ability to feed itself, it also holds that the animal in question is alive… Continue reading Kant and animal testing