Well, its been a while. Having caught up with a few projects (at least for the moment), I thought I’d wet my feet once again in the blogosphere with this, inspired by discussing John Tomasi’s Free Market Fairness with graduate students, especially Travis Holmes.
High liberals, Tomasi claims, believe that “To ‘realize’ justice as fairness, [...]
First. From the NY Times today: “At the same time that high crop prices are prompting farmers to expand into millions of acres of land once considered unsuitable for farming, Congress is considering expanding a federal insurance program that reimburses farmers for most losses or drops in prices.” (See the article here.) Yes, [...]
Given that we have the government we do, does anyone think we shouldn’t support the Smith-Amash NDAA Amendment?
So far as I can tell, we should be thrilled and grateful Congress has members like Adam Smith (D-WA) and Justin Amash (R-MI). Their amendment would stop the President from indefinitely detaining [...]
I don’t believe the following three arguments are definitive, but I think they are interesting. I have taken them–or the roots of them–from an article on the topic by D.W. Haslett (“Is Inheritance Justified,” PAPA, Vol 15 #2, 1986: 122-155; I don’t know if Haslett would approve of my formulations).
I believe that adults [...]
I had intended my first post-grading post to be about inheritance, but that will wait a bit. Instead, I thought it was time I helped defend BHL a bit.
Stephen Hicks makes “Five quick points against BHL,” all of which I think are pretty much false.
First, Hicks thinks BHL as a “political-philosophical [...]
In Kevin’s recent post, responding to Jessica’s prior post, Kevin discusses what he calls “the paradox of toleration.” There are actually multiple paradoxes of toleration. Arguably, the most important of these is what we call “the paradox of liberalism” (remember we are using “liberal” with its classic meaning, not [...]
Say one had a view about what justice is but did not see justice, as understood on that view, instantiated in the world. Would one conclude that one’s view of justice was mistaken? Not necessarily–else everyone on this blog would have to concede being in error. Our shared view–we have differences certainly, but we also [...]
I thought I would throw my 2 cents into the current discussion since my view seems to be different than those who have posted so far.
I have to first say something about how I think political philosophy should be done. On this score, I should admit, I am old-fashioned. I believe that one must [...]
I’ve been delaying posting this for a while, but its time. Its a perhaps idiosyncratic view of where BHL fits into the set of political philosophies nearest to it (in some sense of “nearest”). Some notes follow the taxonomy.
1. Liberalism: A family of theories that take liberty and equality to be [...]
Something a little different from my regular posts.
Long ago, Plato asked if we would do better with good rules or good rulers. If we could attain utopia, wherein people are all knowledgable, enlightened, caring, etc., we might be able to make do with having good rulers. We would not need set rules since all [...]
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