Monthly Archives: March 2007

The Future of Democracy

My book of that title now has its own website with some blurbs and cover art. It is on course to be published in June. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers … Continue reading

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what I believe

(In Albuquerque) For whatever it’s worth, here are the most basic and central positions I hold these days. The links refer to longer blog posts on each idea: Ethical particularism: The proper object of moral judgment is a whole situation, … Continue reading

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at Sandia

(Santa Ana Pueblo, NM) I feel pretty far from news and opinion out here in the desert, and for once unmoved to comment on any controversies, social issues, or moral dilemmas. We’re in a resort built on the land of … Continue reading

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emerging leaders

(Near Albuquerque, NM) I’m at a retreat with “emerging leaders” in the field of service-learning. The Kellogg Foundation is behind this initiative, which aims to develop more culturally and ethnically diverse young leaders for a field that has been dominated … Continue reading

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Joseph M. Levine

(Flying to Albuquerque, NM) I was in Atlanta over the weekend. A panel discussion at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies was devoted to my father’s work. It seemed fairly miraculous that he could attend the session, since he … Continue reading

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an opportunity for graduate students and new faculty

(En route to Atlanta) This is something to pass along to colleagues and students: CIRCLE, along with colleagues at Brandeis and University of California, Berkeley, will hold a special conference this summer on work-in-progress in K-12 service-learning research. Emerging scholars … Continue reading

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consequentialists should want torture to “work”

I ended yesterday’s post with the question, “if killing is worse than torturing, why should we ban the latter–especially if it proves an efficient means of preventing casualties?” I said “if” because this is a controversial empirical hypothesis. Human rights … Continue reading

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is death worse than torture?

John Yoo, who wrote the official memo justifying the use of torture, still thinks that there are situations when torture is acceptable. “Look, death is worse than torture, but everyone except pacifists thinks there are circumstances in which war is … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein in the kitchen

Wittgenstein used “game” as an example of a word that we can use effectively even though the examples are highly various. Some games are competitive, some are fun, and some have rules– but some have none of these features. Indeed, … Continue reading

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making comparative judgments

Prof. Brian Tamanaha says that that he’s “losing [his] stomach for honest academic exchange,” meaning that he no longer wants to write critical reviews of peers’ work. He writes, “I feel like a coward, shirking my responsibility as an academic.” … Continue reading

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