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Apples and Oranges

John’s most recent begins with a refusal that assumes a choice: “I resist,” he says, and “will continue to resist” (if given again the choice, presumably), the essentially religious. 363 more words

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Like Flypaper

Recently I listened to an online interview with Robert Bellah in 2009. Roughly thirty years before that date, I used to have my weekly meeting with Bellah, who was then my senior-year thesis advisor. 763 more words

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"Changes in Sensibility"

First off, I appreciate John’s response—his attempt to continue the dialog. And I agree that there is no “killer argument” against the practice of putting human beings and animals in two, almost entirely separate containers. 896 more words

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999 Out Of 1000

First off, a warning: this will be long. I tried to think of how to break it up, but…

I want to revisit the question of humans and animals. 1,890 more words

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Smells Like Dogma

I read Michael Naas’s “Derrida’s Laïcité” with some trepidation. I suppose I was reading through John’s eyes, to some extent, and imagining his response. All this sniffing, this uncovering, this emphasis on what’s “unavowed” (a religious way of putting it, no?), this requirement that everything be “submitted to critique.” Plus, it doesn’t help a reader to puzzle needlessly over words and concepts, not knowing what to make of, for example, “the very experience of nonrelation and of absolute interruption.” Yes, yes, I know. 909 more words

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You, Me, God, and The Little Ones

Some of what bothers me about political discussions is the assumption of a top-down approach. Think of it as a confusion over what ethics means, or the very different connotations that that word carries. 1,003 more words

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Good, But Good Enough?

John makes a few claims in his last big blog entry, and here are three of them: (1) that “to blame the prescription for the violations of it is to locate the cause of trouble in the wrong place”; (2) that his opponents argue that rights are a wrongminded waste of time if (a) “rights are… 1,539 more words

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