Monday, October 15, 2018

(A&P) On Danto and Goodman

Brief discussion of Danto and Goodman from the Deweyan perspective of "everyday aesthetics."

http://aestheticstoday.blogspot.com/2014/11/when-is-art-goodman-vs-danto-and.html

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

(M) Extraterrestrial Commentary on Economic Inequality

"I say, Glorp, these earth-creatures and their leaders seem curiously driven to defend an obscenely inequitable distribution of earth-goods.”

“Quite right, Zplork.”“Is it true that a mere 1% of the population possesses more than 50% of all the wealth on the planet?"

”That is indeed the case, my friend. 30 Earth-years ago, when I was but a gleam in Glorp Sr.’s compound eye, the gap between the richest 20% of the population and the rest stood at 30-to-1; now it's 74-to-1. And over the same period, while the (real) income of the bottom 90% of the U.S.A. nation-state fell by 7%, the income of the top 1/100 of 1% of the people of that country rose by nearly 600%.  Worldwide, just 8 human males currently own as much wealth as half the global population."

"Well, that must surely infuriate the average denizen of the U.S.A. nation-state!"

"Oddly enough, these particular earthlings are happier than most to defend radical inequalities in wealth, power, and income. While they suffer from the highest rate of inequality among similarly developed nation-states, they do comparatively little about it; and a recent terrestrial survey suggests that its citizens are mostly unconcerned about the plight of those least advantaged by the current inequalities.”

“That is a disturbing bit of news, Glorp. But I suppose we shouldn't expect too much from a creature sporting such a tiny brain and but two lower limbs.”

”Let’s not confuse aesthetics with science, Zplork. While no doubt physically repulsive, animal ethologists back on Mars have concluded that humans are sufficiently sentient for us to expect that they can, at least in principle, consistently adopt the moral point of view."

"Well, perhaps some of them can. Let’s not forget that this one nation-state spends nearly as much as all of the others combined preparing for and waging war.”

“That is indeed a sign of a serious cognitive and moral deficiency, my translucent green friend…"

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

(M) On Human Nature

(Marxist theorist) Norman Geras blogs on the topic of (denying) human nature, suggesting as well a rational, naturalistic foundation for ethics:

http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2007/09/the-denial-of-h.html

Friday, September 07, 2018

(AP) Defining Philosophy

Some thoughts on the nature of philosophy from "The Philosophers' Mail."

And here's R. P. Wolff's definition from his best-selling philosophy textbook, About Philosophy:

Literally, love of wisdom, philosophy is the systematic, critical examination of the way in which we judge, evaluate, and act, with the aim of making ourselves wiser, more self-reflective, and therefore better men and women.