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Democratic Primaries and Harry Potter

May 27, 2019

The women run on logic and the men on emotions. This seems to be the case for three major contests in American politics.

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Politics, Sausages, Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau--Time to Go Vegetarian?

February 28, 2019

We got a good look at politics in action via Wilson-Raybould's testimony recently. Is this the way that we want our politics to be done?

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Playing with the Facts and De-Worming your Mind

January 09, 2019

Is it okay to distort the truth to support a moral/political position?

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What does it mean to ''Immorally Use a Canadian-Made Military Vehicle in Saudi Arabia?''

August 10, 2017

The is much value in thinking about what "using a vehicle" means since how this term is defined will determine much of the ethics of the whole problem regarding our selling arms to Saudi Arabia. But the issue is broader than the current issue with Saudi Arabia. It goes to the heart of what it means for Canada to sell arms to countries with poor human rights records.

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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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An Academic Issue is the First Instance of Trump Being Blocked

January 16, 2017

The first issue to seriously get in Trump's way is an academic issue? Seriously?

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Kevin O'Leary -- The Canadian Donald Trump? Let's Take This Possibility Very Seriously.

December 06, 2016

Canadians probably believe that Donald Trump's success could not be duplicated here. In fact, it might just be that we will have an opportunity to test that belief since Kevin O'Leary is contemplating a bid for the federal Conservative Party leadership.

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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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Ethics: Is it just for the Nervous?

July 14, 2016

Ethical problems are by nature incompleteness problems. They are not solved, but only partially tackled and examined. Being truly ethical means never being completely comfortable with one's beliefs.

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Homeric Ethics and Media Bias: Breaking the Beauty-Goodness Link

June 13, 2016

Linking beauty and goodness an old notion in philosophy.
It is also very dangerous.

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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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Ethics, Orwell & the Federal Budget: Is Institutional Transparency Even Possible?

April 08, 2016

Two governments in a row have collided with the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) over their refusal to provide the necessary data so that the PBO can do its job. Is transparency in government a myth?

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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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