Brian D Earp

Brian D Earp

Brian D. Earp is a philosopher, psychologist, and ethicist. A proponent of accessible, public communication of science and philosophy, he has written for such venues as Aeon, The Atlantic, The Chroni

Does Female Genital Mutilation Have Health Benefits? The Problem with Medicalizing Morality

Does Female Genital Mutilation Have Health Benefits? The Problem with Medicalizing Morality

Four members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect of Islam living in Detroit, Michigan have recently been indicted on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM). This is the first time the US government has prosecuted an “FGM” case since a federal law was passed in 1996. The world is watching to

Brian D Earp
Brian D Earp
Human Rights
In Praise of Ambivalence — “Young” Feminism,  Gender Identity and Free Speech

In Praise of Ambivalence — “Young” Feminism, Gender Identity and Free Speech

Alice Dreger, the historian of science, sex researcher, activist, and author of a much-discussed book of last year, has recently called attention to the loss of ambivalence as an acceptable attitude in contemporary politics and beyond. “Once upon a time,” she writes, “we were allowed to feel ambivalent about people.

Brian D Earp
Brian D Earp
Art and Culture
The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit

The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit

Science and medicine have done a lot for the world. Diseases have been eradicated, rockets have been sent to the moon, and convincing, causal explanations have been given for a whole range of formerly inscrutable phenomena. Notwithstanding recent concerns about sloppy research, small sample sizes, and challenges in replicating major

Brian D Earp
Brian D Earp
Art and Culture