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Liberalism #1 - An overview of liberal political thought.

Liberal ideas are so central to life in modernity that it is easy to forget that liberalism first emerged as a radical and revolutionary doctrine, culminating in revolutionary wars in the United States (1776) and in France (1789). 993 more words


Has Democracy Become Mob Rule?

What does it mean to be a citizen of a state? Perhaps this is a question that most people do not contemplate. In modern times, the concept of citizenship is interlinked with natural rights. 1,277 more words


John Rawls (1921–2002)

Kendinizi doğmamış bir çocuğun yerine koyun. Bir milyarder mi yoksa dilenci mi olacağınızı bilmiyorsunuz. Nasıl bir toplumda doğmak isterdiniz? Kaderinizi bilmiyorsanız, dünyanızın nasıl bir yönetimle, nasıl kanunlarla idare edilmesini isterdiniz? 294 more words


Black Swans behind the Veil of Ignorance

In this blog post I want to share a few thoughts about justice, the Veil of Ignorance, and Black Swans. Let me introduce them one by one. 946 more words

The Moomin Philosopher

Justifying liberalism and socialism without God (a commentary to Yuval Harari's "Sapiens")

There’s no need to invoke a belief in supernatural deity in order to believe that all humans are equally important and should be treated with as much equality as possible. 605 more words

The Sublime

The great German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, thought there were two things that were sublime: the starry sky at night and the moral law within. Increasingly, it seems to me, we are losing sight of both. 675 more words

Hugh's Blogs

Arbitrary from of a Moral Point of View

What does “arbitrary from of a moral point of view” mean?

From Handout:  “Rawls wishes to reject accidents in natural endowments and contingencies of social circumstances from forming the basis of institutional discrimination(These accidents in natural endowments are not themselves necessarily unfair)”  680 more words