I sketch a very general account of what I call “agentive norms” and “enabling norms,” explain their different logics, and locate the general problem of the objectivity of agentive norms (which address the choice of suitable goals of life) within the space of the temper of our times—bearing, then, on such topics as “emancipation,” equality, […]
Doubts about democracy are as old as Western civilization. It is expressed clearly in some of the Socratic dialogues, e.g. Crito were Socrates claims that “ordinary people … cannot make a man wise or stupid” since “they simply act at random”. In contemporary discussion the Platonic worry reappears in doubts about participatory and republican approaches […]
As historically constituted, both the political right and the political left advocate extreme hierarchy: economic hierarchy on the right and political hierarchy on the left. But in every society, economic and political hierarchies tend to coincide.
When attempting to delineate or discriminate a feature of something that has not been noticed before, philosophers have few good choices. We can, and sometimes do, invent a term, or use an obscure term, to refer to the newly designated feature. Peirce, Whitehead and Buchler all did this, as did Heidegger and many others.
Never before has it been so urgent to incorporate so much science into decisions about energy, pollution, environment, infectious diseases, and other issues as a prerequisite for progressive action. But the required scientific input, in political circles, has been routinely sabotaged, undermined, and ignored. Instead of a tool for envisioning new possibilities for navigating a […]