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August 11, 2020 - Vox

Can a college course in moral philosophy convince people to eat less meat?

Can a college course in moral philosophy convince people to eat less meat?
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One study found that sitting in a discussion section on the ethics of meat led students to lower their meat consumption.

One of my favorite running debates within moral philosophy as a discipline is whether moral philosophy, as a discipline, is any good or not.

The latest salvo in the debate is an actual randomized evaluation of the effects of moral philosophy instruction. Describing their work in the journal Cognition, the authors — University of California Riverside’s Eric Schwitzgebel, University of Kansas’s Bradford Cokelet, and Princeton’s Peter Singer— describe it as “the first controlled experiment testing the real-world behavioral consequences of university-level philosophy instruction.” In other words: Does sitting in a moral philosophy class

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