Review of After Virtue

After Virtue was one of the most challenging things I've read in awhile, both intellectually and emotionally. I'm coming to it from the perspective of someone who was more or less sold on utilitarianism (or some form of consequentialism at least), having had very little contact with virtue ethics previously. Since I assume most people … Continue reading Review of After Virtue


Notes on After Virtue

These are my (extremely lengthy) notes on Alastair MacIntyre's After Virtue. This book is credited with reinvigorating the discussion of virtue ethics in the modern context—a branch of ethics that has been more or less ignored since Aquinas. My own thoughts on the book are here. (As much as possible, I've avoided editorialising in the … Continue reading Notes on After Virtue

Building Better Habits

These are my notes on an interview with James Clear: Designing Your Environment to Shape Your Behavior Improving habits basically means overcoming your orientation toward immediate gratification to instead improve delayed returns. To create habits that stick, you need to: Make it obvious This is the cue/trigger to remind you to do the thing Design … Continue reading Building Better Habits