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Trevor Coffrin

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I'm a Stay-at-home-dad/part-time writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with my wife and two sons. I received my BA (Honours) from Saint Mary's University in 2005, and my MA in philosophy from Dalhousie in 2006. I recently published my Master's Thesis, "Dominating Animals" in 2008, which deals with the unjustified treatment of factory farmed animals in the Western world.

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  • Is it Okay to Use Animals In Research?
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    Is it Okay to Use Animals In Research?

    6 years ago

    Animals used in medical research are tortured and abused. I contend that far too many animals are used needlessly in repetitive research or for instructional purposes. One might rightfully ask, “Are so many...

  • A Socratic Dialogue on Art and Beauty
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    A Socratic Dialogue on Art and Beauty

    6 years ago

      [The following is a Socratic dialogue I have written to help get at the meaning of the word beauty. All characters are fictional, except of couse, for Socrates]. Atreus is the director of the Art Gallery...

  • Is Learning Really Recollection?
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    Is Learning Really Recollection?

    6 years ago

      In both the Meno and the Phaedo, Socrates puts forth the theory “learning is recollection.” Socrates does not provide us with an argument for this claim, per sé, but he does provide us with a...

  • Must Art Be Beautiful?
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    Must Art Be Beautiful?

    6 years ago

    Is beauty a necessary component of art? Or more to the point, can a work of art still rightfully be considered art even if it is disgusting or disturbing? One approach in attempting to answer this question is to...

  • Guilty by Gender: A Look at Catherine MacKinnon's Feminist Legal Theory
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    Guilty by Gender: A Look at Catherine MacKinnon's Feminist Legal Theory

    7 years ago

      The world has long been made up of patriarchal societies. In the Christian tradition, the Bible asserts that woman is a helper of man, and therefore serves a subservient role to him. For millennia, the role of...

  • Aristotle's Four Causes
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    Aristotle's Four Causes

    7 years ago

    To fully understand an object or an event, we need to be able to answer some basic questions concerning its nature. Aristotle argues we can only know a thing fully when all the causes of its existence are known....

  • Understanding Heidegger
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    Understanding Heidegger

    7 years ago

      The existentialist writings of Martin Heidegger are difficult not only because of the subject matter, but also because of the use of many uncommon terms and odd word combinations. Through the use of such...

  • David Hume's Association of Ideas
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    David Hume's Association of Ideas

    7 years ago

      It can readily be noted that in most instances our thoughts flow smoothly from one to another with some degree of coherence. That is, our thoughts and ideas are not merely random and nonsensical, but that there...

  • Amartya Sen's Capabilities Approach
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    Amartya Sen's Capabilities Approach

    7 years ago

    In Development as Freedom, economist Amartya Sen advances his “capabilities approach” to international development. Sen classifies a capability as a type of freedom that enables one to choose a lifestyle one...

  • Against Psychoanalysis as a Basis for Determinism
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    Against Psychoanalysis as a Basis for Determinism

    7 years ago

      The debate between free will and determinism has gone on for millennia. Advocates for each side have made compelling arguments for their respective positions. In the paper “Free Will and...

  • A Relational Approach to Understanding
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    A Relational Approach to Understanding

    7 years ago

    There are many ways that we try to understand the world we live in: we analyze, dissect, perform tests, conduct studies, observe, and so on. These are some of the methods of science that are seemingly highly prized in...

  • Hilary Putnam on Meaning:
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    Hilary Putnam on Meaning:

    7 years ago

    An important question for the theory of meaning is whether meaning is a private mental entity, or an abstract public entity. For example, when we utter the word, ‘horse’ is the meaning of this word a mental...

  • A Critique of Hume’s Account of Personal Identity
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    A Critique of Hume’s Account of Personal Identity

    7 years ago

    There is a commonly held belief that there is such a thing as a ‘self’ that persists throughout one’s life. To say there is a ‘self’ that persists throughout one’s life is simply to...

  • Rule-Utilitarianism:Bridging the Gap between Consequentialist and Deontological Theories of Morality
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    Rule-Utilitarianism:Bridging the Gap between Consequentialist and Deontological Theories of Morality

    7 years ago

    There are many competing moral theories, all of which try to determine what constitutes right moral action. Consequentialists argue that the worth of moral actions ought to be judged based upon the consequences produced...

  • Ideal Democracy
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    Ideal Democracy

    7 years ago

    To those of us who live in democracies, it is clear that there is no state more legitimate than a democratic state. Democracy allows for various rights and freedoms that are considered fundamental to human freedom and...

  • The Irrefutability of Psychological Egoism
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    The Irrefutability of Psychological Egoism

    7 years ago

    Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice. –––Karl Popper A fundamental question in ethics is, ‘what motivates action’? That is, when we perform...

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