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In the blogs, 11/20/2008

In the blogs today, November 20, 2008:

    At 4:30:

  • Hannah says that the government should be more subject to moral rules than everyone else, not less
  • Tori defends Hobbes’s logic, and offers a sense in which the government might be held responsible in a moral sense.
    At 6:30:

  • Matt P., and, in the comments to his entry, Monica, give a convincing case for the plausibility of Hobbes’s position.
  • Matt F. gives an argument for why we should reject Hobbes’s notion of sovereign immunity from moral judgment.

In the blogs, 11/17/08

In the blogs today, November 17, 2008:

    At 4:30,

  • Sean points out that we’re in a constant struggle against falling back into the state of nature
  • Kristen explains that it’s difficult to know what people would be like in the state of nature
    At 6:30,

  • Joe sums up Hobbes’s argument in an extremely clear way.
  • Chris R. argues against Hobbes’s claim that resources are necessarily scarce.

In the blogs, 11/10/08

In the blogs today, November 10, 2008:

In the blogs, 11/3/08

In the blogs today, November 3, 2008:

  • At 4:30,
    • Gordon gives a step-by-step demonstration of how the categorical imperative is supposed to work
    • Sebastian clearly states the important distinction between Mill and Kant, and warns us about what to look for when discussing Kant’s theory
  • At 6:30,
    • Stacey has a clear way of explaining the way the Categorical Imperative works
    • Amanda, on Ken’s blog, asks a question about what it can really mean to will a maxim into universal law.

In the blogs, 10/30/08

In the blogs today, October 30, 2008:

  • The question was whether happiness, in contradistinction to what Mill says, has any inherent worth. At 4:30,
    • Vinny has a simple reason for thinking that there is some intrinsic worth
    • Lance sees happiness as an emotion or a feeling, and denies that these have value in themselves
  • At 6:30,
    • Sherida says that happiness needs a person in order to have value.
    • Stacey agrees that there is no intrinsic value in happiness, but arrives at this conclusion via an argument from Kant.

In the blogs, 10/27/08

In the blogs today, October 27, 2008:

  • At 4:30,
    • Becca wonders to what extent we are really responsible for the outcomes of our actions
    • Gordon asks how it could possible seem reasonable to divorce examination of someone’s motives from the judgment of their actions
    • Tyler wants to know how Mill can reconcile himself to such an inexact theory.
  • At 6:30,
    • Neha wants to know how Mill can separate motives from morality.
    • Jeffersson points out that we still haven’t been told how we’re supposed to divine the consequences of our actions
    • Jon T. asks to what extent we should consider the repercussions of an action when determining its moral worth

In the blogs, 10/16/08

In the blogs today, October 16, 2008:

  • At 4:30, Becca makes it crystal clear how utiltiarianism could still be a useful theory even in a terrible world. At the same time, Lance argues that is no such thing as a moral lie.
  • At 6:30, Chris gives some very convincing examples to support a particular kind of objection to utilitarianism.