IntroductionFreedom. No single word is found more often on the lips of the American politician. It is ‘Murika’s rallying cry. But what does it mean? And, once we’ve settled on a meaning, what sorts of actions does that value commit us to? As everyone knows, 99% of philosophy consists in asking, “Ah, ha! But what do […]Read More Freedum Vs Freedom: What’s the Difference and Why Should We Care? USA! USA! Edition
Welcome back to my philoso-posts er’body. This semester I, and by extension you, will be learning about the philosophy of law (amongst other things). Since, the last philosophy of law course I took was in the summer of 1998 I’m basically starting from scratch. Until I get further into the course my first few entries […]Read More Are We Better Off Without A Constitution?
Preamble I loves me my preambles… First a few autobiographical notes: today I wrote my first midterm in 11 years. I don’t recall being so stressed about exams in undergrad but for some reason I was really worried about this one; maybe it’s just a novelty effect and after a few more exams my […]Read More I Like Money, Wanna Hang Out? Kantian Ethics: Acting From Reason vs For Reasons
Is Morality Self-Evident? Preamble Up until now we have just taken it on faith that Kant is right in that the supreme principle of morality is the Categorical Imperative (CI) in its various incarnations (i.e., formulation of universalization, of natural law, and of humanity as an end). Now Kant begins his argument for why […]Read More What Can We Know About Morality from the Concept of Freedom?