Ole Martin Moen University of Oslo
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I am a Doctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at University of Oslo, specializing in theory of value.
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  1. Ole Martin Moen (2015). Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer, The Point of View of the Universe: Sidgwick and Contemporary Ethics , Pp. Xvi + 403. Utilitas 27 (1):115-117.
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  2. O. M. Moen (2014). Is Prostitution Harmful? Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2):73-81.
    A common argument against prostitution states that selling sex is harmful because it involves selling something deeply personal and emotional. More and more of us, however, believe that sexual encounters need not be deeply personal and emotional in order to be acceptable—we believe in the acceptability of casual sex. In this paper I argue that if casual sex is acceptable, then we have few or no reasons to reject prostitution. I do so by first examining nine influential arguments to the (...)
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  3. O. M. Moen (2014). Prostitution and Harm: A Reply to Anderson and McDougall. Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2):84-85.
    I agree with Scott A Anderson1 and Rosalind J McDougall2 that many prostitutes suffer significant harms, and that these harms must be taken seriously. Having a background in public outreach for sex workers, I share this concern wholeheartedly.In the article to which Anderson and McDougall respond,3 I ask why prostitutes are harmed: are prostitutes harmed because prostitution itself is harmful or because of contingent ways in which prostitutes are socially and legally treated? This is an important question, since if the (...)
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  4. O. M. Moen (2014). Prostitution and Sexual Ethics: A Reply to Westin. Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2):88-88.
    In ‘Is prostitution harmful?’ I argue that if casual sex is acceptable, then so is prostitution.1 Anna Westin, in ‘The harms of prostitution: critiquing Moen's argument of no-harm’, raises four objections to my view.2 Let me reply to these in turn.Westin's first objection is that it is ‘fundamentally problematic [to] categorise sexual ethics into merely two types’, the type that accepts casual sex and the type that does not. The reason why, she explains, is that this ‘incompletely frames the contemporary (...)
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  5. Ole Martin Moen (2014). Should We Give Money to Beggars? Think 13 (37):73-76.
    In this paper it is argued that we should not give money to beggars. Rather than spending our welfare budget on the people whom we happen to pass by on the street, we should spend it on those who are genuinely poor and who can be helped the most with each pound that we give. A pound given to a beggar in a Western country, it is argued, is a pound spent on someone who is relatively well off. That pound, (...)
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  6. Ole Martin Moen (2014). The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey. Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):198-200.
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  7. Ole Martin Moen (2013). The Unity and Commensurability of Pleasures and Pains. Philosophia 41 (2):527-543.
    In this paper I seek to answer two interrelated questions about pleasures and pains: (i) The question of unity: Do all pleasures share a single quality that accounts for why these, and only these, are pleasures, and do all pains share a single quality that accounts for why these, and only these, are pains? (ii) The question of commensurability: Are all pleasures and pains rankable on a single, quantitative hedonic scale? I argue that our intuitions draw us in opposing directions: (...)
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  8. Ole Martin Moen (2012). Cosmetic Surgery. Think 11 (31):73-79.
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  9. Ole Martin Moen (2011). Jan Narveson, This is Ethical Theory. Journal of Value Inquiry 45 (3):337-341.
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