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Mill’s Utilitarianism

"John Stuart Mill," by Mitch Francis
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The Perfect Moral Storm: Philosophers Respond to the Impending Anthropogenic Apocalypse

For at least the next 200 years, weather forecasts predict shitstorms, with global temperatures now set to remain elevated for hundreds of years to come. The latest IPCC report explains that our emissions are nearing the point of no return. Even if industrialized nations switched to solar power overnight, it is now too late to fully reverse the planet’s course. Geologists have officially termed this new epoch, where the human species has irreparably shaped earth’s geological history, the
Anthropocene. Policymakers no longer have the luxury to decide how we might “stop” global warming. Instead, we have to figure out how we’ll manage amidst climate instability.

Posted in Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy, Philosophy Blog, Politics, Social & Political Philosophy

Mill’s “On Liberty”

"John Stuart Mill," by Mitch Francis
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Marx, “On the Jewish Question”

"Marx," by Mitch Francis

Liberal politics – even those promoting the most liberal constitutions – conceive of humanity on an atomistic model (as egos concerned with Lockean individual rights), rather than a model which embraces the sociality of our species-life.

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Locke’s “Letter Concerning Toleration”

Title page of the first edition of A Letter Concerning Toleration.

The toleration of those that differ from others in matters of religion is so agreeable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to the genuine reason of mankind, that it seems monstrous for men to be so blind as not to perceive the necessity and advantage of it in so clear a light.

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De Tocqueville’s “Democracy In America”

Tocqueville caricature by Honoré Daumier, 1849.

I hold it to be an impious and an execrable maxim that, politically speaking, a people has a right to do whatsoever it pleases, and yet I have asserted that all authority originates in the will of the majority. Am I then, in contradiction with myself? A general law—which bears the name of Justice—has been made and sanctioned, not only by a majority of this or that people, but by a majority of mankind. The rights of every people are consequently confined within the limits of what is just.

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Mill’s Harm Principle

"John Stuart Mill," by Mitch Francis
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Wollstonecraft, “The Rights of Women”

Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie (c. 1797)
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Marx on Appearance and Reality of Markets

"Marx," by Mitch Francis
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Smith on Government Interference

Portrait of Adam Smith by John Kay, 1790
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