Tagarchief: discrimination

Unwanted arbitrariness, dictatorship and discrimination

Everyone who makes a choice has to avoid unwanted arbitrariness as much as possible. This is a fundamental principle in ethics, in the sense that it applies to all moral choices. This anti-arbitrariness principle is the reason why dictatorship and … Lees verder

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Discrimination biases

Unwanted arbitrariness is the most important threat for a rational ethic. An important category of unwanted arbitrariness, is discrimination, with the three most known and important examples: sexism, racism and speciesism. Discrimination is fundamentally immoral and should be avoided. However, … Lees verder

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Black Lives Matter: racism at unexpected places

Recently, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, I stumbled upon a graph about interracial violent crime incidents in the US in 2018. That graph was spread by conservative, right-wing and racist people. The original source, containing the … Lees verder

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Reflections on intersectionality in the animal rights movement

In recent years, the notion of intersectionality gained popularity in the animal rights and vegan communities. The discussions about intersectionality are a good case study for critical-analytical thinking. The goal of this article is to demonstrate the benefits and importance … Lees verder

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Speciesism, arbitrariness and moral illusions

In this article I present several topics related to the moral philosophy of animal rights: Defining moral illusions: persistent intuitive moral judgments that violate our strongest and deepest moral values. Detecting moral illusions: looking for unwanted arbitrariness (picking an element … Lees verder

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What if everyone was human?

Speciesism is discrimination based on species, where species membership is identified with moral community membership (i.e. where species membership determines someone’s moral status and rights). Like all kinds of discrimination, speciesism is a kind of unwanted arbitrariness: the victims of … Lees verder

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Reflections on male privilege

Our biggest concern in ethics is unwanted arbitrariness. That is why I am against all kinds of discrimination (because the victims of discrimination cannot want their arbitrary exclusion). One form of discrimination is sexism. However, the discussion of sexism is … Lees verder

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It’s time to take the Red Pill and change your mind

Are you afraid of changing your mind about a deeply held belief, about an emotionally strong conviction that you have? A few years ago, I changed – as an environmentalist – my mind about GMOs. Since then, and due to … Lees verder

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Moral illusions and arbitrary discrimination

My presentation at the TEDxGhent PhD contest (24-03-2016), winner of the special prize for the audience’s favourite speaker. Slides can be downloaded here: Moral illusions and arbitrary discrimination. Short description: If your senses cannot always be trusted because of optical … Lees verder

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Ten arguments against speciesism

In this article I will show that the human species is not a morally relevant criterion for rights and that giving humans a higher moral status than non-human sentient beings is  a kind of immoral discrimination. In fact, I will … Lees verder

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