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Moral Transgression and Anti-Intellectualism: the Trudeau Government’s Abandonment of Voter Reform

February 03, 2017

“Moral transgression” is an accurate term for the Trudeau government’s abandonment of voter reform. I try to make the case. I offer some reflections on the political issues briefly afterwards.



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Awful historical men give me life advice (part 2)

October 18, 2016

In part two of his reflection on canonical but awful figures in the history of philosophy, Matt further discusses the example of Arthur Schopenhauer. He shows how Schopenhauer's philosophical system contains a remedy, or at least the rudiments of one, for his own prejudicial views.



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Epictetus and the paradox of self-care

October 13, 2016

Matt offers a personal reflection on the ancient philosopher Epictetus and asks the question: how do we square philosophies of self-care with the need to build a better world for everyone?



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Equal Under the Law? "Elbowgate" Trivializes Something Important

May 21, 2016

There has been a confused discussion around recent events in the House of Commons. The main point is that we, as citizens, bypass the partisan views of these events and concentrate solely on the truly important aspect of it: is equality before the law being maintained?



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Government by Cabinet is Back! But What Does that Really Mean?

April 21, 2016

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper was accused of being a lone wolf in the cabinet, calling the important shots in isolation. But Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion just claimed that he alone authorized the Saudi arms deal. Is Dion a scaled-down version of Harper? Were Stephen and Stéphane separated at birth?



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Ethics and the Budget--Again! The Trudeau Government throws a Sop to Cerberus?

April 12, 2016

The ongoing saga of the Trudeau government's conflict with the PBO. Under pressure, the government provided the PBO with the requested information. However, the information provided raises more questions.



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Awful historical men give me life advice (part 1)

April 06, 2016

Many great moral thinkers were not particularly good people. What explains this paradox? And what does it entail for an education in ethics and moral philosophy? This week Matt sets out the basic issues in order to launch an ongoing series of reflections taking Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) as his main case study.



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Ethics and Arms: The Strange Saga of the Saudi Arms Deal

March 31, 2016

This is a discussion of the contrast between respecting human rights and prioritizing economic interests.



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