Here I conclude my looking at Charles R. Beitz’s “Cosmopolitan Ideas and National Sentiment” from Global Ethics: Seminal Essays. “Priority for compatriots might be supported by reasons pertaining to states that are themselves analogues of the reasons pertaining to persons which support the corresponding element of private morality. Or, priority for compatriots might be based … Continue reading Notes On: “Global Ethics: Seminal Essays” – Two
In a previous post I looked at the definition of cosmopolitanism, and so I now which gears in my “Notes On...” posts and look at a few topics on cosmopolitanism. As I have worked slowly through “The Origins of Totalitarianism” my thoughts began to shift toward what a world without nation-states would be like. Cosmopolitanism … Continue reading Notes On: “Global Ethics: Seminal Essays” – One
A single question has been rolling within my mind since 2016. “What would lead someone to vote for a man like Donald Trump?” In this short post I try, and largely fail, to answer that question. That question was at the forefront of my thinking that led to my posts, “The Moral Vote” and “On … Continue reading A Lingering Question
A statue erected in 2008 in the United Kingdom of the founder of the Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell, has come under a great bit of controversy. The core of this controversy is around his alleged relationship with fascist leaders, racism, and homophobia. Much like all historical figures, the truth about Baden-Powell’s beliefs is probably somewhere … Continue reading The Middle Truth of Historical Figures – Baden-Powell
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, … Continue reading On a Nations Foundational Truth
Of course everyone, or at least most people, will know that Sen John McCain passed today. It is safe to say that I did not always agree with his policies or political views, but he was a decent man. During the 2008 election he gained a great deal of respect from me when he shot … Continue reading Of the Passing of a Public Figure
Is a law moral? Rather, does a law have a moral value? It has become vexing to me in my work in “Denial of Moral Responsibly”, and in conversations of late, that there is a notion that a right is given by law. This is, of course, completely incorrect. If a law gave rights then … Continue reading Is a Law Moral?
Is it justifiable to vote on strictly moral grounds? Rather, is one justified in voting for someone in spite of immoral acts and beliefs because of that persons nonmoral policies? The labor to craft the right question alone has taken slow deliberance. As such it is clear that to answer it will be no small … Continue reading The Moral Vote