Monthly Archives: February 2008

Estlund Reading Group Chapter 7

(I’ve switched the last two posts around, so that David E’s response to the chapter 6 discussion is now beneath David L’s chapter 7 discussion. Please don’t overlook the former. SCM) In chapter VII, ‘Authority and Normative Consent,’ Estlund takes … Continue reading

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Response to Comments on Chapter 6

Daniel gives a very nice summary of the chapter and raises a few questions. First, he wonders whether the fact that democratic procedures might generate trust, and so compliance, is an epistemic or non-epistemic reason in its favor. Before taking … Continue reading

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2008 UNCG Philosophy Department Symposium: Ethical Perspectives on Risk

UNCG: 29 February – 2 March 2008 The UNCG Philosophy Department will be hosting a conference on ethics and risk February 29th to March 2nd. Details – including titles for the papers to be presented and a list of participants … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 6

This chapter, as I read it, has four main articulations. First, Estlund sums up the basis case for epistemic proceduralism, on the basis of the arguments of the foregoing chapters. Second, he considers and rejects a final form of procedural … Continue reading

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Response to Comments on Chapter 5

The main issue that has come up in this week’s comments concerns my rejection of fair proceduralism. My argument against it was that procedural fairness can’t prefer a fair democratic procedure to a random selection of outcomes, since both are … Continue reading

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Suggestions about Socrates

I’ve just started working on a paper about Socrates and heroism, looking at the speeches and deeds of the Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. Given that something on the order of a million books and articles have been written about Socrates, I … Continue reading

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A quick thought on utilitarianism, non-ideal theory, sweatshops, and distributive justice.

So, I’ve been thinking about utilitarianism and non-ideal theory. Although what I’ve come up with may be quite obvious, I’d be interested in reflections on the thought. It seems to me that there are times when we might do best … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 5

In the previous chapter, David showed that procedural fairness could not by itself justify democracy. According to “fair proceduralism”, a law that is the outcome of a democratic vote is legitimate because everyone had an equal role in determining the … Continue reading

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Response to Comments on Chapter 4

As usual, I’d like to offer some comments in response to points and questions raised in this week’s comments following Ben’s terrific summary of my Chapter 4. Sorry again for the length, but I’ve tried to briefly address most of … Continue reading

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Foucault Conference Announcement

Foucault at UCSC: 1-2 March 2008 Announcing ‘Foucault Across the Disciplines’ An interdisciplinary conference on the work of Michel Foucault, this event will be held on March 1-2, 2008 at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the New Humanities … Continue reading

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Things to do in 2008

I thought I would put up a housekeeping thread to elicit some discussion from members and participants about what you like on the site and what else you would like to see.First some basic stats: we have ninety-nine members registered, … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 4

Here is the fourth installment of our reading group on Democratic Authority, which focuses on chapter 4, “The Limits of Fair Procedure.” Summary Estlund starts this chapter by applying the Euthyphro problem to democratic decision-making: are outcomes good because they … Continue reading

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Remarks on Comments on Chapter 3

Again, I really appreciate all the excellent and challenging discussion so far. I am glad to have the chance to reply. Sorry this is rather lengthy, and still doesn’t address nearly all the points. I assert and employ what I … Continue reading

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