Category Archives: Etiquette

Etiquette in Moderation

What follows is a paper I developed for the “comprehensive examination” requirement at the University of Utah’s Department of Philosophy. The paper did not pass muster, but it’s worth sharing, as I don’t think I’ll be working on it for awhile … Continue reading

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Gossip and Morality

For many of us, the moral verdict on gossip is in: gossiping is something we ought to avoid, and we do something wrong when we engage in gossip. In this article, I want to suggest that there are cases in … Continue reading

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Sex, Monogamy, and Human Nature – A Response to Dan Savage

This summer, whenever I haven’t been writing or reading about etiquette, I’ve been listening to Dan Savage’s “Lovecast” – a sex advice podcast that I find entertaining and informative. Dan is well-known for his weekly syndicated advice column, which runs … Continue reading

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Abstract for Paper: “Etiquette (in moderation)”

I’ve submitted an abstract to the 2013 University of Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics. I’m including it here for your consideration and feedback. I’ve been working on this topic for a few months and will be posting arguments as I … Continue reading

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Civility and Morality

In a recent post on the blog called ‘Social Justice League,’ an author identified as Rachael took up what I consider an important social issue. She was addressing the potential intersection between civility (which she calls ‘niceness’ and ‘politeness’) and … Continue reading

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