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Expect Really Low Doctor Who Viewing Figures Tonight

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Tonight sees the launch of the new season of Doctor Who on BBC 1. In fact, it's just started. Now, traditionally, people like to look at the live viewing

In Which We Overthink “Frightening”

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Ethics, Halloween

[moving to the top for Halloween weekend] Halloween is coming up, a holiday about delighting in frightening, about fear and frivolity, about terrors and treats. In past years, Daily Nous has offered some opportunities for philosophers to have fun with Halloween. This year, let’s ruin it…

…with overthinking. Bwahahahahahahaha! Bwahahaha! Bwahaha… ahem.

So, to that end, philosophers:

Under what conditions is it morally permissible to frighten someone?

A few preliminaries…

First, do not pretend that “when frightening someone would maximize utility” or “when doing so would be universalizable” or “when the virtuous person would do so”, etc., are good answers here. I’m not saying this because those answers are wrong, but because, on their own, they’re rather uninformative and, even worse, boring. (If you’re not going to delve into specifics or give us examples, at least put some mid-level work into it, people.)

Second, this is a blog post about Halloween. I say this because sometimes, in various ways, people get worked up about stuff. Try to imagine what it is like to be at a party—you remember parties, don’t you?—and bring those conversational norms to the comments section here. I’m not saying you can’t be serious. But one can be serious without being somber.

Third, maybe we will get lucky and learn something about the ethics of frightening. It would seem that there are a lot of questions related to or part of this inquiry we may want addressed, such as:

  • What is it to frighten someone?
  • To what extent might it be permissible to frighten someone?
  • Are there certain subjects about which one ought not to frighten others?
  • Does it matter what the means of frightening are?
  • Who may frighten whom?
  • How do the norms change when one has consented to be in a situation in which they expect to be frightened?

I myself don’t at the moment have a view about the ethics of frightening people except that, like many other things which are in some ways and under some circumstances bad, it’s also in some ways and under some circumstances good, permitted, and perhaps even advisable.

That should get the ball rolling, right?

You can view previous Daily Nous Halloween posts here.

for more information about Kant’s skull, see this post


Why Grownups Have Caught Halloween Fever (And Why it’s Unlikely to End Anytime Soon)

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It’s spooky season again, the time of year when we’re drawn to horror; when The...

Blends Bash 2021: Irish Halloween Bread & Irish Coffee (1966)

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Food, Halloween

It’s Blends Bash! (If you don’t know what that is, the lovely folks at The Book Club Cookbook send out samples of their spice blends–all inspired by television shows, movies, and songs–to special bloggers like me. And then we go all creative with them). Today I am bringing to you a recipe that features theirContinue reading Blends Bash 2021: Irish Halloween Bread & Irish Coffee (1966) →

Cartoon: A warning from the candy cops

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Apple Bobbing Season!

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