First published 19 December 2021. Last updated 17 March 2022. What're You Reading? with Kyle Johnson, on Nietzsche Both/And with Jared Janes and Jason Snyder, on Reducing Suffering Books & Booze with John Leven, on Famine, Affluence, and Morality


First published 10 January 2019. Last updated 22 February 2019. You can see what I'm listening to here, or what I've recorded below. Contents Piano Ukulele Violin Voice Guitar Piano [back to top] Ukulele [back to top] Violin [back to top] Voice [back to top] Guitar [back to top] … Continue reading Music

In Defense of Utilitarianism

First published 26 October 2017. Last updated 26 October 2017. This post addresses a few common arguments against utilitarianism: the utility monster, the experience machine, and the repugnant conclusion (a.k.a the mere addition paradox). The Utility Monster The utility monster is a thought experiment intended to defeat classical utilitarianism. Read about it here. Basically, it goes like … Continue reading In Defense of Utilitarianism

Why I’m Not a Negative Utilitarian

First published 18 October 2017. Last updated 19 October 2017. Introduction One important philosophical debate in effective altruism, which doesn’t get as much attention as it should, is the divide between negative and non-negative utilitarianism. Brian Tomasik has outlined 3 different versions of negative utilitarianism, which can be arrived at by responding in certain ways to a … Continue reading Why I’m Not a Negative Utilitarian

I Used to Believe: Individual Vegetarians Didn’t Make (Much of) a Difference

First published 25 August 2017. Last updated 11 June 2018. This post is part of the "I Used to Believe" series, introduced here. Contents My History With the Topic Analysis Appendix: Thoughts on Voting My History With the Topic I can't recall ever being against vegetarianism. For that matter, I can't recall thinking about vegetarianism … Continue reading I Used to Believe: Individual Vegetarians Didn’t Make (Much of) a Difference

How Good Is Bacon, Exactly? [Data]

First published 11 August 2017. Last updated 11 August 2017. A common last-ditch argument against veganism (or vegetarianism, or lacto-vegetarianism, or reducetarianism) goes as follows: The "I'm a utility monster" argument. "I'm a highly intelligent and emotionally sophisticated human, so my interests genuinely matter vastly more than those of lower animals, and eating animal products gives me … Continue reading How Good Is Bacon, Exactly? [Data]

Read This First – My Beliefs

First published 5 July 2017. Last updated 7 September 2017. This post clarifies some of my most important philosophical beliefs, which I take for granted in much of my other writing. I am a consequentialist and a utilitarian. I've written about my flavor of utilitarianism here. In brief, that flavor is {hedonic, non-negative, total, act} … Continue reading Read This First – My Beliefs