Ghostless Machine

Overcoming polarization with philosophy

Hi, I’m Ariel Pontes and this is my blog, where I write about atheism, philosophy, science, and sociopolitical issues. I have an MA in analytic philosophy and I am active in several secular-humanist organizations in Brazil, Romania, and at the international level. Read more →

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Latest posts

Moral illusions

Moral illusions

Ariel PontesFebruary 14, 20211 min read

Why disagreements don’t prove morality is relative

Natural rights and moral desert

Natural rights and moral desert

Ariel PontesFebruary 1, 20211 min read

Why we should avoid unverifiable moral claims

A forgiving utilitarianism

A forgiving utilitarianism

Ariel PontesJanuary 17, 20211 min read

Why utilitarianism is not as demanding as you may think

Utilitarianism is not unfair

Utilitarianism is not unfair

Ariel PontesJanuary 12, 20211 min read

Why exploiting minorities is not utilitarian

Pragmatic utilitarianism

Pragmatic utilitarianism

Ariel PontesJanuary 3, 20211 min read

Why some types of suffering deserve more attention than others

Rule utilitarianism

Rule utilitarianism

Ariel PontesDecember 24, 20201 min read

Should we ever break rules for the greater good?

The moral relevance of intentions

The moral relevance of intentions

Ariel PontesDecember 13, 20201 min read

Why intentions are important even for utilitarians

Cultivating virtues is utilitarian

Cultivating virtues is utilitarian

Ariel PontesDecember 4, 20201 min read

Virtues are traits that contribute to a better society

Are pain and pleasure all that matters?

Are pain and pleasure all that matters?

Ariel PontesDecember 1, 20201 min read

What utilitarians mean when they promote pleasure over pain