Arrival of the Future: Part 4 of 3 – On the release of Apple’s Ipad

The new apple product exists. It’s had projected existence for months in the form of internet speculation. But now, it’s real. “The future is here”. “It’s the next iphone”. ┬áIt will transform the way we relate with the internet, the way we communicate, the way we integrate technology into our life (doesn’t that phrase sound […]

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Potential Bi-Weekly Film Club?

I’m considering the possibility of hosting a weekly or bi-weekly film club night. There are a series of films I want to watch, or re-watch, and it’s easier to make time to do these things if one commits to a social engagement. This preliminary list includes films which I feel I’ve learned from, and which […]

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Chomsky on Rawls

CHOMSKY: Rawls’s “difference principle” is reasonable, but hardly a theory. Other moral principles are reasonable too: e.g., the principle of universality that underlies all of “just war theory”: if something is right (or wrong) for us, it’s right (or wrong) for others. It follows that if it’s wrong for Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and a long […]

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Working notes – Animal Liberation

Principle (classical liberalism) – no one should work on command. Who is “one” – humans capable of mutual recognition, moral conflict, ethical life. Animals are more free (with respect to each other) than a human incapable of mutual recognition. Freedom is not ability to carry out my contingent desires (Mill), but rather ability to recognize […]

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Working notes – What is the appropriate ethical relationship, as a human, to non-human animals?

1. Distinguish between two kinds of moral relations. – Call one “ethical”. This kind of moral relation is based upon mutual recognition. It involves recognition of the rights of others and our duties towards them, and vice versa. It is the basis of contract. – Call another “moral a-ethical”. This kind of relation is based […]

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