Posts related to Philosophy
10 February 2013 - Inching Toward Cynicism
I’m not a negative person by disposition, but when I see the same people making the same mistakes and pretending that happy thoughts will conquer all, then … I’m left to doubt whether they really understand what the heck is really going on.
13 January 2013 - Wisdom, Properly Understood
Only a jackass thinks himself better than someone else because he’s got more book smarts or better practical skills or is more suave in a social setting.
02 December 2012 - Of Bread, Circuses and Ovaries
The 99 percent. The 47 percent. Sandra Fluke. Cardinal Dolan versus Secretary Sebelius. Single women giving 68 percent of their vote to Barack Obama. Each of these talking points waltzes around a thorny problem for American governance: The challenge of entitlement reform in a culture with far too many fallen soldiers in its “little platoons.”
11 November 2012 - Post-Election Reflection: 10 Ideas for Conservative Renewal
I think right now, the GOP has ample opportunity to fine-tune its operations and re-think some pernicious policy preferences that don’t really belong to conservatism.
23 September 2012 - Heterosexual Fecundity: A Coda to the Gay Marriage Argument
If, and only if, the state removes all child-rearing economic benefits from the institution of marriage, does it make sense for the state to sanction marriage among the homosexual sterile or deliberately non-fecund.
09 September 2012 - A Comprehensive Case Against Gay Marriage
The real solution to the gay marriage debate rests in a different understanding of contract law — one that makes it easier to establish or dis-establish legally recognized and lawfully binding interpersonal relationships.
02 September 2012 - Thoughts on the Moral Permissibility of Abortion
Alas, too many people engage the abortion debate at the level of bumper-sticker sloganeering; advocates and opponents alike, in too large of numbers, mindlessly shout pro-choice or pro-life sentiments without undertaking a logical inquiry into the arguments supporting their positions.
19 August 2012 - Bioethicist Claims Embryonic Genetic Engineering Is “Moral Obligation”
Despite Savulescu’s claims to the contrary, you cannot assume that a human person — even in embryonic form — may be tinkered with on the genetic level unless you first articulate an ironclad ethical argument that justifies what he assumes from the outset.
12 August 2012 - Wilson, Haidt & Moral Psychology
While academic moral philosophy still follows trendy theories down various empty bunny holes, the social psychologsts and evolutionary biologists have plausibly claimed that human moral behavior dervies from the competition/altruism dynamic within groups and between groups.
29 July 2012 - Civility in Modern Discourse: A Brief Reflection
The idea that neighbors have a responsibility for each other, or that everyone deserves to be treated decently even when you disagree, seem to be derogating in favor of a civility-as-nonjudgmentalism that undermines the power of public expectation to maintain public morals.