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Idealism and Pragmatism – Derek & Jonathan

In analyzing the balance between pragmatism and idealism, we concluded that the most important subject of discussion is the goals of democracy. While we have many different ways to run it, the aim of government is what affects its quality and style the most. As time has progressed, we have seen a dynamic change in the … Continue reading

Progress – Kristina and Mariana

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_democracy Who gets to influence and define ‘progress’? Let’s start with influence. Throughout our history the wealthy and the elite have always been the ones to decide how we progress. It was logical, as they were the ones with access to education and to world news outside of their own country. They were more aware … Continue reading

Democratic government and society’s goals -Misha & Toren

By definition democracy means a government by the people. If government is ‘by the people’ does it really achieve society’s goal as a whole? There are five main goals that a democratic government should supposedly reach that being security, prosperity, equality, justice, and liberty. However for a democracy to work a society must have rule … Continue reading

Is Democracy “Better” Than the Rest- Yasmeen and Leanne

Plato viewed democracy for its populism, which he believed was nothing more than majority ruling. In democracy, nothing can prevent the majority from punishing an indesirable minority. Regardless of whether modern democracies have protection in place to prevent them, they are still not always precise. Considering that representation is supposed to be about majority vote, … Continue reading

Educational Imperatives

Perhaps the defining characteristic of democracy is its supposed commitment the the provision of equality. By their very nature, human societies are rife with inequality and disadvantage, whether by result of personal inadequacy or a simple roll of the dice. Education, at its heart, is thought to be the remedy to this, the ‘grand equalizer’ … Continue reading

What role does human nature play in the effctiveness of groups? – Kelly and Nick

Let’s start off with a bit of logic. (Premise 1.1)When humans come together and form groups, they are able to mutually benefit each other. (Premise 1.2) When more people work towards something, more can be accomplished (Conclusion 1) The more people in a group, the more each member is able to benefit from the others … Continue reading

The Societal Safety Net – Iris and Daniel

Ron Paul’s idea would’ve been to remove the safety net that so many people have come to rely on, and replace it with private charities that people could donate to on their own free will. Based on 2010 figures, the “safety net” cost the federal government 900 billion. Matching that would require roughly $3000 per American … Continue reading

The Evolving Social Contract

Bonnie Stewart has written eloquently this week about the idea of the social contract in online spheres: The idea of the social contract originates with political philosophy. Philosophy’s finer points aren’t exactly experiencing what you’d call a cultural heyday, at the moment, but suffice to say the idea’s a relic of the Enlightenment, with earlier origins … Continue reading

Thinking Dutch | Interesting read on NYTimes Philosophy Blog

I came across an interesting read on the recent philosophical climate in the Netherlands on the New York Times’ Philosopher’s Stone Blog: Attention to the subject, Mulder points out, peaks each year on the Night of Philosophy. Held annually at the International School of Philosophy, it attracts a lay audience a thousand strong. As one organizer says, … Continue reading