Monthly Archives: July 2010

Are All Genuine Values Ultimately Reconcilable?

The results of last post’s poll show a majority picking the answer “the question as it stands is ill-defined”. Indeed it is! So let’s define a bit. Values What are ‘all genuine values’? In what ways might they conflict? Here’s … Continue reading

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Dissecting Utopia: Soluble and Insoluble Problems

What is meant in calling a prediction of the future, or a political theory making such predictions, ‘utopian’? Of course it means that it’s unrealistic and optimistic, but can this be made at least moderately precise – the sort of … Continue reading

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Utopian Common Sense

I’ve just finished reading “Envisioning Real Utopias“, part of the “Real Utopias Project” (a good book which I recommend), and felt like posting a few quotes from it. I post them not because I think they’re dazzling insights or brilliant … Continue reading

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Ideology, Projection, and Racial Rape

An arab man in Israel has been convicted of rape for telling a partner he was Jewish. I don’t actually want to talk too much about this one case and the intricacies of rape by deception, but about the larger … Continue reading

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How to Help

Economies are built out of helping: one person does something, not because they have independent reason to want it, but because someone else wants it. Often these are exchanges, ie. two people reciprocally helping each other, but not always. So … Continue reading

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Alienation and Alienability

Marxists and such folk are always talking about ‘alienation’, and are usually against it. There’s also an idea you sometimes encounter that rights can be either ‘alienable’ or ‘inalienable’. But I’ve never come across the two themes being combined (though … Continue reading

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I am Not Luke Roelofs

Yesterday I argued that human beings have no real individuality – we can treat them, approximately, as individuals but questions about their identity over time will sometimes have no determinate answer. But this feels deeply wrong, and I think that … Continue reading

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