Identity Politics & Human Dignity

Identity politics tends to be shallow and myopic. They are far from concerned with a post-Rawlsian or pre-Rawlsian idea of human dignity and eudemonia. They tend to be overwhelmingly single-issue and also don’t give much thought to collateral effects. When I was in the Gay-Straight Alliance of my high school, for example, I was theContinue reading “Identity Politics & Human Dignity”

True Crime and Teleology

A while back, in 2018, I was in a philosophical debate with someone basically about Rawls versus Aristotle regarding the hypothetical of a gamer, high functioning heroin addict, with no daylight or culture and whether society should, in the normative, encourage the person to have a fuller life. I said yes and the other personContinue reading “True Crime and Teleology”

Truth & Reconciliation

We live in a very vindictive culture and the peace process of clearing the air in interpersonal relationships is mostly never attempted. In my experience, late millennials and Gen Z, especially, but people generally, are incapable of forgiveness, clearing the air, or any type of kinship or fraternity with people with whom they have hadContinue reading “Truth & Reconciliation”

Martyrdom, Love, and Fear

In my recent article “Flirting on the Spectrum”, I write about how awkwardness can lead to false red flags and how the world being at DEFCON ONE prevents romance. I have never had that type of fear and it isn’t just because I’m male but because I am not that afraid of death or harmContinue reading “Martyrdom, Love, and Fear”

Charity versus Justice in Disability Advocacy

First, let’s define both terms. Justice is the rectifying of and atonement for wrongs which does not equate to punitive measures. In the context of disability advocacy, charity is being someone’s friend while justice is standing up to bullies, mediating an apology, and enacting policies or creating social mores which on a broad level changeContinue reading “Charity versus Justice in Disability Advocacy”

What is a Realistic Post-Rawlsian Society?

Rawls’ thin-good may be my go-to philosophical punching bag, I am not nearly the first person to critque him. He was lacerted by the communitarians of the 1970s and philosophers like Nausaum, today, have their way with him for similiar reasons. The idea that we should abolish all virtue ethics and most utilitarian ethics andContinue reading “What is a Realistic Post-Rawlsian Society?”

Rawls & The Teleology of the Individual

What does liberal society wish for its members? For the most part, it only wishes for the individual to respect the negative liberties of others and have their negative liberties respected and nothing more. In Rawls’ system, there is no desire for happiness or a lack of suffering like in Bentham and Mill’s utilitarianism. AnContinue reading “Rawls & The Teleology of the Individual”

The Right to Hatred (Part III)

A while back, I wrote a piece on this blog entitled “The Demon-Haunted World” with the banner photo being of Nancy Grace. The principal psychological issue with True Crime is that it is rage porn. It stereotypes a class of people, criminals, as serial killers and pedophiles and leads to increased support for capital punishmentContinue reading “The Right to Hatred (Part III)”

Nobody Deserves Anything: The Menu of Punishment or Atonement

The very concept of punishment is primitive and stupid. When I was in my high school gay-straight alliance, there was a general push for anti-bullying policies and, despite my being the victim of worse bullying than most of them, I would never have wanted to press charges in the school conduct system, much less, legally.Continue reading “Nobody Deserves Anything: The Menu of Punishment or Atonement”

The Right to Hatred (Part II)

The Right to Hatred (Part I): Liberalism died not only in terms of the classical liberalism of Locke, Rawls, civil liberties, individualism, and democracy but also in the diplomatic sense. In international politics, the two primary paradigms through which diplomacy is conducted are liberalism and realism. The former believes cooperation and agreed upon rules workContinue reading “The Right to Hatred (Part II)”