Essay: A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State

Written by Marcus Teo, Artwork by June Ming In the present work, I provide a defense of the Lockean contractarian view. Specifically, I argue that Locke’s view succeeds in justifying the authority of states as an alternative to the state of nature by maximizing welfare. Even in Locke’s optimistic view of the state of nature, … Continue reading Essay: A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State

Summer Series: A Reversal Test on Moral Luck, and a Defence of Virtue Ethics

By Marcus Teo Consider the following scenario: Burglary: A burglar plots to break into an old woman’s house on a Sunday morning, a time when he knows she’s always at church. One Sunday he creeps up to her back window and smashes it with a hammer. After he looks inside, he sees that the old … Continue reading Summer Series: A Reversal Test on Moral Luck, and a Defence of Virtue Ethics