Category Archives: PHILOSOPHY

Justifying Egalitarianism: G.A. Cohen’s Socialist Critique of John Rawls’ Liberalism

In 1999, President Bill Clinton praised the philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) – who had just received the National Humanities Medal – for his contributions to liberal political thought. Clinton applauded Rawls for having “placed our rights to liberty and justice … Continue reading

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OPINION: Carnism is a Moral Catastrophe, and It Constitutes a Political Emergency

Why I Gave Up Meat I remember the day I decided that I would become a vegetarian. It came while watching the documentary Life in a Day – in particular, the scene in which a cow receives two shots to its skull from … Continue reading

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OPINION: Visit from Pope Francis Reminds Us Why We Need to Outgrow Religion

It may be because I live on the east coast and not too far from the epicenter of his stay, but it appears as though the entire county is thrilled to host the pope on his six-day visit to the … Continue reading

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Luck Egalitarianism: Reconciling Libertarianism and Socialism to Ensure True Equality of Opportunity

Moral Luck, Constitutive Luck Luck plays a tremendous role in our lives. Consider two people who are texting while driving in a residential neighborhood: one such driver, through sheer coincidence, ends up striking a pedestrian, while the other driver passes through without incident. … Continue reading

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Will Americans Vote for a Socialist Candidate?

Since U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) announced his campaign for the presidency, considerable attention has been paid to his avowed socialism. On the Sunday after his announcement, he appeared on ABC’s This Week, where the host, George Stephanopoulos, asked, “Is it … Continue reading

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Good is not from God: Sam Harris and the Science of Morality

Two years ago, Sam Harris, who had recently published his book The Moral Landscape, debated William Lane Craig, a Christian philosopher on the question of whether “good is from God.” Harris’s thesis must have seemed nonsensical, especially to the religious audience … Continue reading

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Derrida For Dummies: A Semiological Understanding Of God

The writing of late French philosopher Jacques Derrida is really hard to understand. As with many French philosophes, his locution was halting, opaque, punning, and elliptical. Like many of his countrymen, he can blather on for minutes without saying anything of … Continue reading

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