IntroductionLet’s begin with what Liberals know to be self-evident: All current Liberal views are true and all non-liberal views are false. Let’s add to that what everyone on the Right knows: All Liberals hold exactly the same views on all issues. There are no divisions. No subgroups. And there is certainly no nuance.So, here’s the […]Read More Lessons for Liberals
IntroductionAristotle and Plato make the same puzzling claim: You can be mistaken about what you desire. Consider the following example: You’re looking at a delicious piece of chocolate cake. You say to your friend Aristotle, “I really want to eat that cake.” Aristotle be like: “No, you don’t.” You be like, “Dude, yes I do. […]Read More Aristotle and Plato: Hey, Dummy! You Don’t Know What You Want!
Plato: Introduction to Why Be Moral (aka Glaucon’s Challenge) The first question of philosophy is “how should I live?” Implicit in this question is a similar question: “what does living a good life entail?” Amongst other things, over the course of The Republic, Plato tries to answer this question. One of the central issues to […]Read More Why Be Moral? Plato, The Republic Book II
“Moral Music”– A. Clapham There’s a story from Greece that Athena, goddess of wisdom, took up an aulos (for a picture, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aulos ), and began to play. The instrument, however, gave the goddess a flushed expression, as it took a lot of force to play it effectively. Not wanting to tarnish her looks, […]Read More Moral Music: Guest Blogger A. Clapham