Michael Robillard

Michael Robillard

Dr. Michael Robillard is an independent scholar, philosopher, and US Army veteran. He has held prior academic posts at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, and the US Naval Academy.

Rethinking Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Defense of Abortion

Rethinking Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Defense of Abortion

One of the strongest arguments for the moral permissibility of abortion arguably comes from Judith Jarvis Thomson’s 1971 paper, “A Defense of Abortion.” Side-stepping entrenched debates over the metaphysical status of the fetus, Thomson argues that even if we grant full personhood status to the fetus, abortion would still

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
Bioethics
The Incoherence of Gender Ideology

The Incoherence of Gender Ideology

Diamonds still cut glass regardless of your word for “diamond,” and “cut,” and “glass.” ~Ken Wilber Truth matters. Words matter. What is objectively the case matters. And insofar as our words and concepts can be about the objective world at all, then the shared set of words and meanings that

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
Identity
On the Dangers of Big COVID

On the Dangers of Big COVID

Since initial reports of the coronavirus outbreak in late 2019, America has witnessed a rapid and unprecedented transformation within nearly every aspect of mainstream society. At work, many Americans settled into their new daily routines of working from home, hunched over computer screens for hours of caffeine-supported Zoom calls frequently

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
COVID-19
In Defense of Offense

In Defense of Offense

“The urge to censor is greatest where debate is most disquieting and orthodoxy most entrenched…” –Chief Judge Alex Kozinski In September of last year, conservative speaker, Ben Shapiro, spoke at the UC Berkeley campus for approximately 90 minutes. The cost of security for the physical protection of Mr. Shapiro, an

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
Education