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Geneseo, ny
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Interest in public philosophy? Please be as SPECIFIC AS YOU CAN. Members who answer "yes" or "a lot" will not be approved.
I would like philosophers to become associated in the public arena as experts on issues of value -- moral and otherwise -- and thus on issues of public institutional duties, and of the likely purpose(s) of life. Such issues will include ones dealing with social/global justice, and ones dealing with duties to non-human beings. Moreover, we philosophers must play a bigger role in examining and assessing widespread religious ideas. We must not concede value and religious expertise to sectarian and dogmatic religious voices. We must enter the public debates on issues of what matters and on why we might be here at all (if there is a purpose for our presence).

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On Dwarkin's Justice for Hedgehogs

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:59am 0 Comments

I just finished reading parts of  Dworkin's Justice for Hedgehogs. It claims to defend objectivism in ethics. Yet there is not a single mention of sentience, and of duties to non-human sentient beings.  (I may have missed a sentence).

That completely ignores the possibility that all moral value derives from the presence of consciousness and of feeling!

The entire Buddhist tradition -- perhaps as compassionate a tradition as we have had anywhere in human history -- must have been…


What the gods really want

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 10:35am 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

for those of you open to the possibility of a sane theistic-picture of reality -- where what really matters is respected and pursued -- may I gently suggest a new book of mine? (see below).  It has a slightly Indian flavor.

I wrote it in part to counter the narrow and excessively anthropocentric models pushed by most "western" religions. We philosophers must not cede the religious ideas/values public arena to narrow-minded voices.

I am hoping…


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