Friday Philosophy

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Practice Makes Parfit


05/12/2023Friday Philosophy
David Edmonds has made Derek Parfit’s ideas accessible to a wide audience at last.
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Does Nozick Think Government Prevents the Hobbesian State or Do Others Misunderstand Him?


01/20/2023Friday Philosophy
Aeon J. Skoble wrote that Nozick mistakenly believed that without at least a minimal state, we would have something out of Hobbes's nightmares. David Gordon takes another look.
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We Will Berry You

Calculation and KnowledgePraxeologySubjectivism

01/13/2023Friday Philosophy
Wendell Berry is hardly Rothbardian in his economic and social outlook. His new book, however, has its Murray Rothbard moments.
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Spelling Out the Problem with W-o-k-e-n-e-s-s

EducationMedia and Culture

01/06/2023Friday Philosophy
John McWhorter takes on the present infatuation with wokeness and shows the real harm it is doing to our social fabric.
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Blowing Up the World When So Little Is at Stake

War and Foreign Policy

12/09/2022Friday Philosophy
Even if we accept the dubious claim that the supposed strength of the USSR justified nuclear brinkmanship, its absurd to make that same claim about modern Russia.
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Patents and Progress

Property Rights

08/12/2022Friday Philosophy
Patents lack a basis in natural rights; to the contrary, they may be a patent absurdity
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Is Anarcho-Capitalism Incoherent?

Legal SystemPhilosophy

08/04/2022Friday Philosophy
Gregory Salmieri, defending a minimal state, asserts that a free market anarchy would be characterized by "war and realpolitik." That sounds more like what we have under state rule today.
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Was World War II the "Necessary War"?

PhilosophyWar and Foreign Policy

07/29/2022Friday Philosophy
Robert Kagan agrees that the World War II American interventionists were imperialistic but maintains that a form of imperialism based on American values was the proper policy aim then and remains so today.
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Liberty versus "Relational Egalitarianism"

PhilosophyPolitical Theory

07/22/2022Friday Philosophy
Egalitarian liberals think that basic liberties can be violated in the quest for equality and even that "the natural duty to promote justice straightforwardly implies a duty to establish states."
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Nozick on Morality and Evolution


07/15/2022Friday Philosophy
It is hard to explain through evolution how we know any necessary truths. Does this give us reason to abandon necessary truth? Nozick thinks so.
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