The Dif

Our topic is the difference variously labeled as that between, on the one hand, “doing” or “causing” or “making” something happen and, on the other, “allowing” or “letting” it happen. Our goal here is to say “What’s the Dif?”

The Computational Theory of the Laws of Nature

An alternative to the Best System Account of Laws based upon Algorithmic Information Theory.

Blackburn, Truth and other Hot Topics

Blackburn and Fodor fail to appreciate the threat incommensurability poses to our belief in objective truth.

Retributive Ethics

Begin with the principle:It is impermissible to harm others (other things being equal)…

The Good, The Bad and Peter Singer

Singer says that failing to donate money to help suffering from poverty and preventable diseases is as morally bad as standing by as a child drowns. But how bad is that I wonder?

The Retributive Theory of Property

Retributive ethics derives property rights from conventionally agreed to permissions to harm others.