Summer Series 2018: Why Kant We ExHume Rationality? — A Defence of Kantian Rationalism

Written by Marcus Teo Foreword The work that I have chosen for this year’s NYPR Summer Series is one that, true to this year’s theme, I hold close to my sense of wonder. Here, the work that follows is one about the source of morality. That is, it’s fine and dandy to say it is … Continue reading Summer Series 2018: Why Kant We ExHume Rationality? — A Defence of Kantian Rationalism

Longform: A Defence of the Right to Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Written by Marcus Teo, Artwork by Hoo Yan Han In the present work, I provide a defence of same-sex marriage. To these ends, I invoke two concepts to justify the right to marriage for same-sex couples: 1) the non-interference condition of liberty, and 2) the maximization of wellbeing. Given that both concepts are justifications for … Continue reading Longform: A Defence of the Right to Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

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