Tagged: Philosophy

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Human Dignity and the Nuanced Relationship Between Agency and Victimhood – Brain Pickings

“The victim shows us something about our own lives: we see that we too are vulnerable to misfortune, that we are not any different from the people whose fate we are watching…”

Source: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Human Dignity and the Nuanced Relationship Between Agency and Victimhood – Brain Pickings

How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free | Aeon Ideas

f the idea of freedom bound Camus and Sartre philosophically, then the fight for justice united them politically. They were committed to confronting and curing injustice, and, in their eyes, no group of people was more unjustly treated than the workers, the proletariat.

Source: How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free | Aeon Ideas

Which Philosophy Can Best Explain 2016? – VICE

One of the most interesting things about 2016’s badness is that it seems to have left us in a position where we basically understand nothing at all any more: the liberal political consensus, which viewed both Brexit and President Trump as impossibilities, has been left utterly fragmented, leading to the widespread belief that we have now entered some dark age of “post-truth” politics.

Source: Which Philosophy Can Best Explain 2016? – VICE

Homer Simpson Teaches Glasgow University’s Philosophy Class | Big Think

Looking for new ways to teach the intellectual capital of humanity to its students, Glasgow University is offering a philosophy course based on the character of Homer Simpson.

Source: Homer Simpson Teaches Glasgow University’s Philosophy Class | Big Think

How Did “All Lives Matter” Come to Oppose “Black Lives Matter”? A Philosopher of Language Weighs In

 

What are we to make of this? After all, slogans are useful things. “Black Lives Matter”, for one, has been enormously successful as a rallying cry for social change. And calls for national unity are often disguised attempts to prevent oppressed groups from expressing their specific grievances.

Source: Slate