Climate Colonialism and the Green New Deal

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Story here.

Legal Rights for Lake Erie?

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Story here.

Do We Need an Equal Rights Amendment Today?

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Analysis here.

What’s Wrong With Heritable Human Gene Editing?

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Short piece here.

What’s Wrong With the #10YearChallenge?

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Short blog post here.

What’s Wrong With “Prevention Optimism”?

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Does it raise ethical questions about PrEP for HIV? Story here.

What’s Wrong With the “Green New Deal”?

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Story here.

What’s Wrong With Judging People for Their Past Moral Failings?

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Story here.

Biased Algorithms and What to do About Them

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Story here.

Toward More Respectful Academic Reference Practices

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Third Person Polite: In defence of more courteous reference

David Benatar

Why do academics, in their professional writings, refer to their scholarly predecessors and one another by their surnames only? It may be tempting to answer that that is the convention – “everybody does it”. However, while that is a compelling explanation, it does not constitute a good justification.

Yet it seems that the practice does require a justification because, on the face of it, it appears impolite to refer to people in this way. It lacks the personal touch and individualising feature of the first name but also the respectful tone of a prefixed title. It is thus unsurprising that most of us do not refer to our friends and colleagues that way. Nor do most of us use only surnames when directly addressing people, whatever their relational proximity or distance to us may be. Continue reading