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Discussion: Multiculturalism, Social Darwinism and the Project of Democracy

Today’s final Ethics Discussion, introduced by Julie, Aman and Emily here: Ethnics: Get Out! 

Ethics Discussion: Eating Pork & Animal Testing 12.05.13

Here is our first ethical discussion, led by Katherine, Jessica, Heather and Kristina on the ethics of eating pork and animal testing. You can find their original posts here on the blog: The Ethics of Animal Testing  Stay Away from the Bacon! 

Ethics Discussion Schedule & Posts

Above you’ll find our rough schedule for discussions on various ethical topics we plan to address in the coming days. In addition to being able to join our class proceedings via #ds106radio, or Google Hangout (stay tuned to the #Philosophy12 hashtag on Twitter or @bryanjack‘s account to find links to these talks) beginning at approximately … Continue reading

Rawls’ Theory of Justice, Economics 12 and Enlightenment

In discussing Rawls‘ Theory of Justice this week, you might find the above lectures and discussions on “What makes a fair start?” inspired by the former Harvard philosophy prof: Part 1 – WHAT’S A FAIR START? Rawls argues that even meritocracy—a distributive system that rewards effort—doesn’t go far enough in leveling the playing field because … Continue reading

Discussion Synthesis Soundbytes

For those following online, here are the pieces of conversation synthesized by different groups following last week’s reading on Positive / Negative Freedom. Topics covered included political correctness, religion, and the aforementioned freedom: Note: Group six’s share will take place at the beginning of class on Tuesday and be posted shortly thereafter.  

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

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