'Omelas' - Parts 1 & 2, by Aatu Koskensilta and Adam James Davis

The short story by that title by LeGuin is (deservedly) a staple of negative utilitarian or suffering-focused rhetoric. It's got all the ingredients: a blissful utopia, in whatever form the reader wants to imagine such a thing, bought at the price of a single tortured child.

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The One Who Walked Towards Omelas

Note: this is an original written piece by Adam that was inspired by the philosophical fiction book ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’ by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Dolorism, Meta-Suffering, and Traumatology

“I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise” - Blaise Pascal

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Why We Need to Herbivorize Predators (guest article by Stijn Bruers)

Let us start with three assumptions that almost everyone (especially animal rights activists) agrees on. First, we value at least one of the following individualistic values (i.e. values that apply to individuals): welfare, well-being, preference satisfaction, autonomy, liberty, health, the right to live, the right to bodily autonomy or the right to property. It is unlikely that you don’t value any of these. Second, we value justice. This implies everyone has to avoid discrimination based on arbitrary biological characteristics such as species membership. We have to avoid speciesism: the moral status (in terms something we value, such as rights or interests) of all equally sentient beings (humans and sentient non-human animals) is equal. Third, we value humility. This means that no-one should impose their own values on others, that no-one may prioritize their own weak preferences or valuations above much stronger preferences or valuations of others, that no-one should be arrogant, that no-one should ‘play God’.

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Hyperphilosophia and Hedonia

I would like to introduce to you all a new word, 'hyperphilosophia'. Hyperphilosophia is a term that was originally coined by philosopher and 'qualianaut' Andres Gomez Emilsson, and the meaning of the word is rather self-explanatory. Nevertheless, here is my expanded definition of the word:

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Humanity's Ingenuity

Space is definitely not the final frontier, and neither are the oceans. I feel like we will explore a lot more of space and a lot more of our oceans before we scratch the surface of a frontier that is very elusive indeed: pleasure, pleasure-science, hedonics. Or, the abolition of involuntary suffering for heaven on Earth to be exact

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INTERVIEW WITH PHILOSOPHER KYLE JOHANNSEN

I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to interview Kyle Johanssen on the moral problem of predation and what we can do about it.

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HP IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!

With this new website and a small team we are considering ourselves launched! 

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ANNOUNCING TWO NEW TEAM MEMBERS

We are growing! We recently have added two new contributors, Adam James Davis and David Pearce.

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INTERVIEW WITH PHILOSOPHER EZE PAEZ

Earlier this year I was fortunate to get to interview Eze Paez on the subject of paradise engineering and wild animal suffering.

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REVIEW OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE NEW BOOK "WILD ANIMAL ETHICS"

My friend Joey Kukura and I discussed the first 3 chapter of Kyle Johannsen's recent book "Wild Animal Ethics: The Moral and Political Problem of Wild Animal Suffering".

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