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Political Philosophy

Why Love Is Not All We Need

Myisha Cherry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Have you been paying attention to the news lately? If so, I'm sure some of it has depressed you. Just as history has made us believe that the human race has made progress, reality will tell you the awful truth that we have not come that far at all.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.

Liberty, Equality, and -- Especially -- Fraternity

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In this time of provocative and suggestive "quenelles" and bananas hurled at government officials, of rancid hatred and incendiary clamor, of generalized resentment and vindictive rivalries, we have forgotten a word that badly needs reinventing. That word is fraternity.

Dirty, Dangerous and Alive: CBGB's Alluring Punk Rock Ethic

Paul Grenier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Paul Grenier

CBGB is about the rejection of utilitarianism. The details of the punk style -- the lewdness, the filth, the screaming protests -- it's all secondary, man. Despite the dastardly lip-syncing in the movie, that point comes through quite nicely.

The Politics of the Mask

Thomas Nail | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Thomas Nail

On Tuesday, November 5th, protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks demonstrated in more than 400 cities around the world in celebration of Guy Fawkes day. From Barcelona to Tokyo, hundreds of thousands protested in the streets and on the internet against political corruption, corporate greed and NSA spying. Despite the explicit thematization of the mask, almost no commentary so far has taken seriously the political meaning of these masks.

Why the Cliche 'Try New Things' Is Sacred

Anthony Badami | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Badami

Disruption necessitates exploration and uncertainty, which means that "trying new things" is not merely a well-worn cliché but an urgent moral imperative. It is, it seems to me, sacred.

When Rights Become Toxic

Peter Cannavo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Peter Cannavo

The dramatic turnaround in views about same-sex marriage says hopeful things about Americans' capacity for tolerance, empathy, and fairness, and about our willingness to prize family in all its forms.

The Liberty Movement Must Ask the Most Important Question

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Why has the Libertarian Party -- and more importantly, the much broadly based new liberty movement -- failed to make a significant electoral impact, despite its recent tailwinds?

Let's Not Give Up on Reason in Politics: A Response to Jonathan Haidt's 'The Righteous Mind'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Haidt maintains that when we confront a moral or political question, our first reaction is intuitive. We use reason to defend our intuitions rather than to form them.

Voting Is Compulsory in Over 25 Countries

J. L. Morin | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
J. L. Morin

Under a non-compulsory voting system with fewer people voting, smaller lobby groups can easily sway a small section of the people to the polls and thereby manipulate the outcome of the political process.

Winning the Debate, by Debating

Mike Lux | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

bama just flat-out failed to engage in the debate the first time around, but this time he came to play. And won decisively. Whenever we engage, we win.

Making This a Wave Election

Mike Lux | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Democratic argument is winning. It is winning both because it makes more logical sense, but because it resonates with American values of a community and family where we help each other make it.

Is Progress Possible?

Gary Hart | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

For those who believe in a society, that to some degree we are all in this together, there are three choices: resist change, stagnate or progress. So far, no one has discovered how to progress without the institutions of government.

A Forehead Tatoo Too Big To Fail

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

America has placed too much faith in the power of markets for the past 30 years, a belief not even the financial crisis could shake. The country risks...

The Moral Contemptibility of the Conservative Mind

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

Author Jonathan Haidt enjoins liberals to make a sincere attempt to listen to conservatives and appreciate sincerely the values they hold dear, and even more, to see that that they are generally necessary for any society to hang together.

Getting Real About the Presidential Reality Show

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

This increase in debate viewership is a very good thing. Or at least it could be if questions would go deeper -- beneath the surface of mere talking point positions -- to the moral or philosophical reasoning process candidates use to arrive at their views.

The Conspiracy Against Free Will

Paul Pardi | Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

As far as science is concerned, free will is tricky. Most of us seem to think that we, at least some of the time, face genuine choices and are responsible for the decisions we make.

The Slaughter Benches of History: Hegel and Radical Extremists

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The crucial question is, of course, the interpretation of words. Political radicals do not need to pore over thousands of pages of philosophical text to come to a conclusion on any perceived political malaise.

Self-Criticism: A New Habit of Mind

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Once again we do the rigid Kabuki dance, leading once again to political stalemate -- this time over raising the federal debt ceiling. Even with the ...

Norway Killer Lists Favorite Music, Books And Video Games

Posted 09.24.2011 | Arts

In the wake of last week's bombing and massacre in Oslo, Norway, its perpetrator Anders Behring Breivik has come under intense scrutiny. Breivik enume...

Interview With a Philosopher: Lou Marinoff -- Part One

Tom Morris | Posted 09.19.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

As Plato and Aristotle knew, many of the world's problems are caused or fueled by doxa, half-baked opinions and false beliefs that, for one reason or another, have remained unexamined.

Paul Krugman's Two Political Moralities Leave Out the Majority of Americans and Even Our Elected Leaders

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Krugman is pessimistic that calls for greater civility in political discourse will be met with success because, in his view, there are two sides to the debate that do not share a common morality.

Understanding Conspiracy: The Political Philosophy of Julian Assange

Urizenus Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Urizenus Sklar

One of the core goals of Assange's project is to dismantle what he calls conspiracies, but he doesn't mean 'conspiracy' in the usual sense of people sitting around in a room plotting some crime or deception.

Sino-U.S. Relations: Reconsider the Fundamentals

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

Though Beijing and Washington appear to be operating under very similar fundamental principals, I would caution, against making too much of these philosophical similarities.