Constitutional Interpretation: Dworkin’s Response to Scalia

Notes and Thoughts on A Response to Scalia by DworkinOverviewNote, some of the content in the article–as you might expect–refers back to the Scalia posts.Dworkin agrees with Scalia that the Constitution should be interpreted according to original textual meaning but distinguishes two approaches.  The first is semantic originalism: the idea that clauses ought to be […]

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Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism and Textualism (Scalia) Part 1

Notes and Thoughts on Interpreting the Constitution by Antonin Scalia I apologize for typos and such, I haven’t had time to thoroughly proof read this post yet.PreambleSo, I’m writing my philosophy of law paper on constitutional interpretation; “originalism” in particular.  At first, I thought the whole idea of originalism kind of silly, but after doing some […]

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Parfit on Moral Disagreement: Part 2

Notes and Thoughts on Moral Disagreement as Discussed in Parfit’s “On What Matters” Ch. 34Parfit Vs Basic Argument from DisagreementSuppose you and your counterpart are in ideal epistemic conditions.  You are aware of and agree on all the non-normative facts yet your opinions differ on what the true moral belief is.  In a way, we […]

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Moral Disagreement Part 1: Parfit

Notes and Thoughts on Parfit and Moral Disagreement (Ch. 34)IntroductionBefore getting into the philosophy, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the trolley thought experiments, answer these questions before proceeding:Trolly Q1:  You are driver of a runaway tram which you can only steer from one narrow track on to another; five men are working […]

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Critique of Kuhn: Scientific Revolutions and Semantic Incommensurability

Preamble and Notes to the Reader People is always axin’ me (jk, lol, #thatneverhappens), why don’t you post your papers?  The answer is that while, for the most part, I enjoy writing in my blog, for some reason I don’t like how my philosophy papers turn out.  They seem sterile.  Anyway, I’m posting this paper because it’s […]

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