Jessica Flanigan, assistant professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law, speaks with Julia Galef about her book, Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate, published by Oxford University Press. Flanigan shares the logic behind her argument, discusses different moral theories, and provides examples of opposing views.

"I see philosophy in general, including applied ethics, as being 'Yes, you want to convince people,' but you also just want to engage with them where they are in a way that will raise the price of their own beliefs..." says Flanigan. "Make it so that they understand what holding their belief would require them to commit to more generally. I think it's fairly easy for people to just not question necessarily what their cluster or constellation of beliefs is, and every belief is going to have drawbacks..."

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Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law
Political Philosophy