2 min introductory video here. (book can be found at the link)
I get a lot of comments from people who think that philosophy’s not good for much, and often I agree. Maybe it’s best for clarifying one’s own thinking, and through that clarification offering insight into a central and divisive issue:
The divisive issue here is free speech, especially in Europe (it can get you killed) and has become a flashpoint between Muslim immigrants and European natives (where national and racial identity can be violently united).
Do we want absolute freedom of speech or absolute anything for that matter?…How does a civilization deal with the often unwise, incendiary ranting that comes with it? Who decides what the limits are?
Worth a look.
Also On This Site: Do you defend Christianity against Islam as Roger Scruton does despite his depth? From YouTube: Roger Scruton On Religious Freedom, Islam & Atheism…the way people treat immigrants is important, but so is the way people treat the poor among them…
Martha Nussbaum may be asking the question: How do you create a civil society that does not place religion above a concept of the moral good, yet that also does not pursue the moral good while zealously excluding religion? Repost: Martha Nussbaum Channels Roger Williams In The New Republic: The First Founder
I’d like to answer that question without theories of distributive justice please…I don’t think a big bloated government helps in the long run.
Also: From The Atlantic: Samuel Huntington’s Death And Life’s Work
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