Saturday, November 4, 2017

Q&A #6: Immigration (Updated)

Read: Chapters 24-5.

Read also:  Scheffler, "Immigration and the Significance of Culture."  (JSTOR)

http://libproxy.mcla.edu:2095/stable/4623784

Q: (Paper due Friday; choose one): What is "culture"?  Which aspects or elements of "culture" are worth preserving?  What is the value of "multiculturalism"?  Is Scheffler right to suggest that the only way to preserve culture is to change it?  What is the relationship between "culture" and "identity"?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Q&A #5: Socialism/Capitalism (UPDATED)

Read:

1. Norman Geras, "Minimum Utopia: Ten Theses":

https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/geras1.htm

2. Terzakis, "What do Socialists Say about Human Nature?":

http://www.isreview.org/issues/47/wdss-humnature.shtml

3. Read some essays/watch videos from Richard Wolf:

http://www.truth-out.org/author/itemlist/user/44661

New (on capitalist alienation/socialist solutions):

4. Cox, "An Introduction to Marx's Theory of Alienation."

(See also, Gasper or Musto, for example, for further reflections on alienation)

Essay:

5. You choose the precise focus of your papers this week (due Friday).


Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Q&A #3: Animals (updated)

Read: Chapters 6 & 7; and Curnutt, "A New Argument for Vegetarianism" (class handout).

Read: Carol Adams, "An Animal Manifesto," and This interview with Gary Francione, and this one, too.

Defend either proposition: .I am/am not (you choose!) morally obligated to be a vegan.

(This is, of course, distinct from the question of whether you are or will become one.  Closing the theory-practice gap, acting on one's convictions -- where a gap exists -- are additional concerns we might hope to shed some light on as our conversations continue.)

Due: next Friday.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Q&A #1: Right and Good

1. Let's spend this first week discussing the introductory material on ethics. Read: Darwall, Chapter 1. In addition, as QAHO demands, do some supplemental research on the competing?/overlapping? natures of deontological and consequentialist (or teleological) ethics.

(Here's one brief essay from JSTOR on the topic: http://libproxy.mcla.edu:2095/stable/3750568)

2. Q: Is the right prior to the good (or vice versa)?