Tagged: Human Rights

An “Open Textbook” for Introduction to Philosophy (guest post by Christina Hendricks) – Daily Nous

The following is a guest post* by Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, about creating an “open textbook” for introductory courses in philosophy.

Source: An “Open Textbook” for Introduction to Philosophy (guest post by Christina Hendricks) – Daily Nous

Merry Christmas: Obama Signs Law That Gives Protection To Atheists

 It’s a strengthening of a 1998 religions freedom law, which established the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, dedicated to protecting religious liberty around the world.

Source: Merry Christmas: Obama Signs Law That Gives Protection To Atheists

Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed to oppose a new Texas state rule requiring fetal tissue be given a burial or cremation.

Source: Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

How Did “All Lives Matter” Come to Oppose “Black Lives Matter”? A Philosopher of Language Weighs In

 

What are we to make of this? After all, slogans are useful things. “Black Lives Matter”, for one, has been enormously successful as a rallying cry for social change. And calls for national unity are often disguised attempts to prevent oppressed groups from expressing their specific grievances.

Source: Slate

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.”

Source: America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Killer Robots and the Concept of Meaningful Human Control | Human Rights Watch

Machines have long served as instruments of war, but historically humans have always dictated how they are used. The evolution of technology has the potential to change that reality, and the implications are profoundly disturbing. According to experts in artificial intelligence, fully autonomous weapons, which would select and engage targets without meaningful human control, could be developed for use within years, not decades

Source: Killer Robots and the Concept of Meaningful Human Control | Human Rights Watch