Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sri Aurobindo's Action is on

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Roger Scruton, Robert Nozick, and Ronald Dworkin
Results 1 - 12 of 60 - Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton (Apr 8, 2011) ... Face of God: The Gifford Lectures by Roger Scruton (Dec 18, 2014).
He shows that the true legacy of European civilisation is not the false idealisms that have almost destroyed it - in the shapes of Nazism, fascism and communism but the culture of forgiveness and irony which we must now protect from those whom it offends. The Uses of Pessimism is a passionate plea for reason and responsibility, written at a time of profound change.
The ethical costs of optimism By Paul Adams on October 18, 2010
Roger Scruton's concern in this wonderful essay is with the dangers of false hope (his subtitle) and the particular fallacies that make such "unscrupulous optimism"--the term he takes from Schopenhauer to distinguish it from a scrupulous and constrained optimism--so powerful and impervious to reason.
According to Scruton, the world is harmed not by pessimists (though he does not tolerate unbridled pessimism) but rather by unbridled optimists, people who believe in their fallacious ideas so fervently that nothing can dissuade them. True believers. Scruton, realizing that those folks would not hear his argument even if they read it, makes the case so that those of us who are prudent pessimists can recognize the optimists' tactics and understand better the importance of our pessimism.
A wide-ranging thinker, Nozick also made... ... This viewpoint is derived from Rawls's theory of justice, one principle of which is that an unequal distribution of ...
Jun 22, 2014 - Pressing further the anti-consequentialist aspects of John Rawls' A Theory of JusticeNozick argued that respect for individual rights is the key ...
Nozick classifies theories of justice as (1) either end-result or historical, and (2) either patterned or unpatterned. The entitlement theory is historical and ... › Law › Philosophy
Feb 14, 2013 - Ronald Dworkin, who has died aged 81, was widely respected as the most original and powerful philosopher of law in the English-speaking ...
Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, ...
Oct 14, 2003 - Interpretivism is famously associated with Ronald Dworkin, who developed the position in a number of publications spanning 45 years (see the ...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Put forward actual concrete proposals

Beyond the Blank Slate on July 26, 2011 - N. Pepperell 
My argument would be that, in spite of superficial appearances, the blank slate approach – whether expressed in abstract notions of cleansing violence or in some other eschatological standpoint – is precisely not motivated by an attempt to be more aware of the boundaries of our current understanding. The motivation is rather a sort of magical belief that those boundaries can be smashed, once and for all, by some action we can take now, or by some sort of historical rapture that will magick up the worthy if they await its coming faithfully enough. These approaches may agree that we can’t think our way past the limits of our current understanding – but they haven’t given up on the notion that there is some sort of action within our control that can shatter the barrier between ourselves and some sort of absolute. 

I think that Marx is after something radically different. He’s after an approach that allows us to acknowledge that our actions might have unpredictable consequences – to hold that we are in no position to dictate the end point and culmination of all social development – to maintain that future generations will have their own ideas about the sort of society they want to live in: we can do all this – refusing to write recipes for the cookshops of the future – and yet we can still put forward actual concrete proposals for the global institutional structures we’d like to see, as alternatives to the ones we have right now. And we can ground this analysis in actual analysis of the implications and possibilities suggested by actual empirical things, that we can experience now or have experienced in the recorded past. And we can therefore base political proposals on a kind of concrete, non-utopian foundation – that carries with itself the realisation that it, too, is still groping forward, limited in its ability to foretell consequences that will no doubt be transparently clear and sensible to those who come after, but that is nevertheless mining as well as it can the insights available within our own time.

Communization and its Discontents: Contestation, Critique, and Contemporary Struggles (Minor Compositions) [Benjamin Noys (editor)] on
Bringing together voices from inside and outside of these currents Communization and Its Discontents treats Communization as a problem to be explored rather than a solution. Taking in the new theorisations of Communization proposed by Tiqqun and The Invisible Committee, Théorie Communiste, post-autonomists, and others, it offers critical reflections on the possibilities and the limits of these contemporary forms, strategies, and tactics of struggle.
Contributors include: Alberto Toscano, Nicole Pepperell, Anthony Iles, Marina Vishmidt, Evan Calder Williams, Jason E Smith, Théorie Communiste, Endnotes, Jasper Bernes, John Cunningham, George Ciccariello-Maher, and Alexander Galloway.

As Freud's English editor JamesStrachey informs us,Joan Riviere, thebook's English translator, played instead foratime with the concept of malaise, butchose finally the title Civilization and its Discontents. Itis under this title that Freud's ...

Rob Warner - 2010 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
The writings of Durkheim and Weber continue to offer enduring insights into the evolving condition of religion in the West. The title of this book is drawn from Freud's Civilization and its Discontents (1930). For Freud (1856–1939), the unresting ...

With this post, I’m asking for reflections, speculations, and even bare conjectures about an apparent asymmetry. As illustrated by some posts here recently, It seems like there has been something of an explosion of quality philosophical work on Buddhism and Continue reading →

“Is the debate on global justice a global one?”—asks Anke Graness at the beginning of an article (available OA here) in which she analyses the more common positions on global justice held in Western academia and confronts them with the Continue reading →