Posts Tagged Kant

On Abstraction: a Kantian take on Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism, and the Possibility of Abstract Music

What I seek is a different understanding of avant-garde music that will in turn amount to new sonic presentations. Taking as inspiration post-war visual art driven by abstraction, I hope to apply my thoughts on the abstraction in their methods to music. It began with a visit to the Musee d’art Comtemprain de Montreal this […]

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Wedgwood on Moral Knowledge and Moral Epistemology pt. II

Section Three: The Epistemology of Normative Belief Part II: Disagreement and the A Priori Having articulated a theory of how we can come to have moral knowledge (see here), Wedgwood turns to whether such knowledge is a priori, and if so, how there can be such widespread moral disagreement. Wedgwood takes Kant’s work on the […]

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“Moral values aren’t absolute, but aren’t arbitrary either” (reblog)

Originally posted on SelfAwarePatterns:
(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’m working on another post with details about foundational moral instincts, but after some discussion on the ‘Morality arises from instincts‘ post, I realized that I failed to make a couple of things clear.  So, I’m inserting this additional post to do that. First, let me clarify that,…

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Is Surveillance by the NSA Just? (deontology, Kant, Ross, and the priority of the right)

To say that there has been a vociferous response to the continuing revelations of surveillance conducted by the NSA might be to state the facts mildly; there has been heated debate in the public sphere on the matter, culminating in a presidential address yesterday declaring that (modest) changes would be made. President Barack Obama’s remarks […]

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Prostitution (and Kantianism)

Today the Washington Post featured an editorial on the recent finding that prostitution laws are unconstitutional in Canada; the author notes the real opportunity for sex workers and advocates of sex workers to be included in deliberations in redrafting existing laws. My concern is not with the legal parameters of prostitution, but with the morality […]

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Alan (and the ethics of Turing tests [Ought a computer to pass the Turing test?])

TED has been publishing an excellent series of blogs this week on the ethics of drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has implored me to write on another ethical dimension of artificial intelligence: that a computer would have to lie in order to pass the Turing test. I want to spend a moment providing some […]

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