Appiah – Ethics of Identity – Chapter 1

Mill’s Liberalism believes that the best society is the society in which the government creates an environment where people are not only free to be themselves, but are given the capacity to be their best selves. At minimum this requires government to give us negative liberty by leaving us alone, but it also requires government… Continue reading Appiah – Ethics of Identity – Chapter 1

Foucault – The Means of Correct Training and Panopticism

The introduction of discipline, then surveillance, and then the examination as sources of power came about through changes so small they were, at the time, not worth mentioning, but they changed society at the foundation by introducing self-regulation of the smallest behavior. The goal of discipline was to get the individual to control every movement… Continue reading Foucault – The Means of Correct Training and Panopticism

Foucault – Discipline and Punish Chapter 1

March 2013 We accept and expect forms of punishment on those who exhibit certain behaviors. We just ask that punishment be just. Our political leaders perform their role by designing the form that punishment takes. Foucault argues that it is not a coincidence that the evolution of punishment in France and England saw significant changes… Continue reading Foucault – Discipline and Punish Chapter 1

Hegel – Phenomenology of Spirit – Master / Slave

I decided to write my own “translation” of Hegel for this reading because Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit is one of the most difficult philosophical works ever written. It is one of the most important philosophical works ever written, so it is worth struggling through in one form or another. Phenomenology of Spirit is a weird… Continue reading Hegel – Phenomenology of Spirit – Master / Slave