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Articles by Andrew Powers (23)


Powers ’15: Why study philosophy?

April 21, 2015 4 comments

While the material might not be directly applicable to real life, the critical reasoning skills garnered are useful in nearly any context.


Powers ’15: The right to discriminate

April 12, 2015 8 comments

So to evaluate the morality of this law, we need only look at whether it could permit immoral practices in principle.


Powers ’15: Effective altruism

March 20, 2015 2 comments

Making videos of dumping cold water on ourselves might make us feel good, but morality isn’t about how good we feel. It’s about how much good we do.


Powers ’15: Condemn abuse, not pedophiles

March 4, 2015 19 comments

While the sexual abuse of children is an unimaginably horrific reality in our society, so too is the affliction of pedophilic disorder.


Powers ’15: The right to die

February 18, 2015 5 comments

Allowing Callender to die would have created an inconsistent precedent — destroying the most basic cornerstone of any regulatory system.


Powers ’15: A culinary revolution

February 6, 2015 0 comments

Last week, New England faced Winter Storm Juno, which dumped enough snow on Brown’s campus to cancel classes and close all many University buildings.


Powers ’15: Ineffective policing

January 21, 2015 0 comments

Drugging others is reprehensible, but attempting to outlaw all student drinking would neglect the real problem and unfairly penalize the student body.


Powers ’15: Comfort and oppression

April 15, 2014 71 comments

Oppression used to mean something. Now it can mean nothing more than encountering disagreement from a straight white male.


Powers ’15: Gettin’ frisky

March 17, 2014 39 comments

Comedian Ricky Gervais put it more eloquently than I ever could: “Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right.”


Powers ’15: Factory labor and social justice

March 5, 2014 22 comments

Brown is teeming with individuals who are more interested in pushing their own rabble-rousing agendas than focusing on the pursuit of truth.