“John Stuart Mill and Charlottesville”


Discussion here.

Did Abby Make the Right Call Today?


Fresh from this morning’s newspaper:

DEAR ABBY: A few days ago, my daughter had a sleepover at a friend’s house, and the girl’s dad broke my daughter’s eyeglasses by accidentally stepping on them. He said he would pay for them. In the meantime, I glued them together.

Fast forward to two days later, and our dog finished the job and broke the side that was still OK. Is the dad still responsible for paying or is he not, since my dog used the glasses as his chew toy? — BLIND AS BATS IN FLORIDA
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“a white writer should not have tackled this story, and neither should a white character be the center of it.”


Story about the controversy surrounding a not-yet-published Young Adult novel is here.


Call For Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on “Race and Public Policy”


Readers of What’s Wrong? may be interested in this CFP from the incoming Editor of Public Affairs Quarterly:

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on
“Race and Public Policy”

This special issue will feature articles that bring philosophical analysis to bear on issues involving race and public policy.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to: affirmative action, racial profiling, the Black Lives Matter movement, hate speech, hate crimes, reparations for slavery and other historical injustices, implicit bias, race and health, race and medicine, race and technology, race and the criminal justice system, race and the environment, race and education, race and sports, race and ethnicity, race and immigration, race and identity, and race and inequality.

Submissions on any philosophical topic concerning race and public policy will be considered.   Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. The journal prefers manuscripts of 6,000-9,000 words in length but articles outside these limits may still be considered.  Articles intended for consideration for inclusion in this issue should be submitted by December 31, 2018 via the journal’s online submission process at http://ojs.press.illinois.edu/index.php/paq/.  Questions about potential submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Boonin, at david.boonin@colorado.edu.

What’s Wrong With Soliciting Letters of Recommendation?


A special guest post by Philosopher Michael Huemer (University of Colorado)

I think the practice of soliciting letters of recommendation for academic positions is both foolish and immoral.

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“Should a Tattoo Artist Tell You the Tattoo You’re Asking for Is a Terrible Idea?”


Discussion here.

Should Sex Robots With Simulated Rape Settings Be Banned?


Story here.

“When Black Children Are Targeted for Punishment”


Op-Ed here.


Compelled Speech: Okay for Football Players But Not For Bakers?


Cornell Law Professor Michael Dorf weighs in here.

What’s Wrong With Selective Outrage?


Opinion piece here.