Describing questions about the philosophy of politics and society which investigate concerns like liberty, justice and equality.

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Is it moral/ethical to put use to something(which good intentions) even though that something has an immoral past? [on hold]

For example, the United States put Nazi scientists (who had committed atrocious crimes against humanity in the past) to work on developing rockets in NASA.
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Assistance in interpreting this excerpt concerning political philosophy

The article comes from "The Rhetorical Functions of Slogans: Classifications and Characteristics" by Robert E. Denton. The title should give away what the entire article is about. I've come to the ...
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What exactly does Spivak mean by strategic essentialism?

I'm trying to understand better how to delineate essentialism from strategic essentialism. To me it would seem strategic essentialism is a political or social act of forming a coalition based aroun a ...
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Does Lefort still / ever claim that capitalism is barbarism?

Lefort was a member of Socialism or Barbarism (Socialisme ou Barbarie), a French intellectual current, associated with (the "left" of) Communism. He was also a student of Merleau-Ponty, who ...
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Is there a reason, to give scholar or students in universities more (or less) freedom of speech, than to regular people?

John Stuart Mill once argued, that the only reason to limit one's action is to prevent harm to others (so called harm-principle). The same principle can be applied to freedom of speech: One could ...
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What are the differences between a good public policy and a populist policy? [closed]

What are the differences between a good public policy and a populist policy ?
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How is determination of purpose Individualist, but determination of knowledge Majoritarian?

Source: p 227, Thinking Like a Lawyer: An Introduction to Legal Reasoning (2010, 2 ed) by Kenneth J. Vandevelde. The following quote is based on p 225 that summarises Asahi Metal Industry Co. v. ...
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(How) Does philosophy make you a better moral agent?

Where (literature) would you recommend I start if I wanted to explore the intuition that the practice of philosophy makes/could (if proper) make philosophers better moral agents? Thanks.
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what is the difference between classical political philosophy and modern political philosophy?

I'd like to know the major changes that happened that lead to the change in thought, and what veered modern political philosophy away from the concept of city and man to the concept of natural science ...
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What does social equality mean? How do you measure it? [closed]

This question is typically answered with responses such as "equality is when everyone is treated equally" or "equality is when no one is oppressed". But how do you define these ideas specifically? ...
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What does Virilio mean by “speed distance”?

Does Virilio by "speed distance" mean "speed-distance"? Virilio for Architects By John Armitage
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being in the city ‘off-limits’ or ‘inconceivable’ as much as conceivable

Can anybody explain what the bold sentence want to say? Context: And whilst cities obviously contain bodies, bodies also contain cities. In fact, the city itself functions as an ...
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How to approach contemporary anarchist theories?

I have lately become very interested in anarchism. I have become especially interested in what is called Green Anarchism and Infoanarchism and I pretend to read more about them. I also agree with ...
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What are Marx's ideas on the fetishization of commodities?

What are Marx's ideas on the fetishization of commodity? Specifically, I am interested in use value and exchange value; how does the commodity own its exchange value?
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Why is John Rawls taken more seriously than Ayn Rand?

I just listened to a lecture on ethics and justice, and John Rawls' "a theory of justice" was presented as the most significant work of political philosophy in recent times. The lecturer then went on ...
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What is a strong argument that shows social rules exist? [closed]

Aside from an appeal to common sense, what are the strongest contemporary arguments for the existence of social rules? By social rules, I mean social rules in the tradition of Durkheim, Weber, Hart, ...
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Is “group X is responsible for the action (or inaction) of politician Y because they are the majority of voters” a fallacious argument?

I have read this very useful answer which suggests that the moral responsibility of an individual voter for the actions of a politician they voted for, is limited. However, the comments on that ...
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On what grounds can a democratic state prohibit pornography?

On what grounds can a democratic state interfere to prohibit or limit its subjects from producing, distributing and consuming pornography? Does the state have any right to prohibit pornography or ...
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Nazism & ISIS and the misinterpretation of ideologies?

Some claim that ISIS is a political ideology stemming directly from religion. Others claim that it has little to do with religion per se and more to do with the interpretation of religion. A similar ...
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The question of the legitimacy of regimes [closed]

What makes a regime legitimate? What are the conditions under which the legitimacy of a regime ends? Or more narrowly: What philosophical schools within political philosophy address this question, and ...
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Are citizens in a democratic society morally obligated to vote? [closed]

Considering that democracy was achieved through substantial efforts.
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Instrumental right to vote and socialism, are they in conflict?

From an instrumental point of view, in democracy, when we exercise the right to vote, we are “selling” our votes to the highest bidder in a “free market” where we choose to vote by the candidate or ...
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If you have won the trust of an illegal immigrant, is it ethical to turn him/her over to the authorities?

My question is NOT about the problems associated with secondary consequences of illegal immigration, such as unemployment of the native workforce. Nor is it about the causes of illegal immigration, ...
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What are the interesting references on historical materialism?

I'm interested to study works about historical materialism. Can someone suggest some references about this subject with a couple of words commenting on them. I'm interested in basic ideas of ...
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How does one argue for “helping others” without any religious context?

I was having a political discussion with roots in philosophy, where I was explaining an idea for a government program which would enforce equal opportunities for children who have poor / parentally ...
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What is control of normative doctrine in Hobbes?

In Hobbes political theory sovereignty is sustained by certain powers; these are the powers of: legislation, adjudication, enforcement, taxation, war-making and the less familiar power of control ...
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Is war started by one person or a country? [closed]

When someone declares war on a country it is a leader that rules the country that declares war. The leader that declares war is usually in charge because they are elected so the country chose them to ...
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On Modernity, mass, and morality [closed]

Arendt, in her book The Human Condition identified the 'rise of the social' as part of the movement of modernity; this is an expansion of the private sphere of the household (oikos) into the public ...
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What kind of Hobbesian power is bio-power?

In Hobbes political theory sovereignty is undivided; that is certain powers are necessary to sustain sovereignty, and anything less will undermine it; for Hobbes these are the powers of: ...
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Is the divine right of kings an expression of Hobbesian Sovereignty?

Hobbes famously declared that sovereignty must be absolute; his rationale being that if not, then exceptions not governed under its law will need arbitration by some higher power. But this power may ...
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“Absolute government” vs “government absolutism” in Hobbes [closed]

What is difference between absolute government and government absolutism? I found this sentence in a political philosophy book about Thomas Hobbes. I can't distinguish between them and I think that ...
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Nozick-like argument for property rights?

So, upon reading Nozick again I ran into something I haven't seen any libertarians argue vis a vis justifications of property rights (Ibdont think Nozick wouldn't promote this as an argument since ...
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Aristotle Politics versus Platos Republic

The most famous political text from Antiquity is Platos Republic; one notices that this is a direct translation of the Latin De Republica; the orginal greek being Politeia. Aristotle too, wrote a ...
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What are some arguments against violence?

I had repercussions over an argument in class of the inevitability of war, and violence in some instances. I was on the side that was arguing that violence is never necessary. My opponent said ...
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a displacement of time

What does "a displacement of time" mean in this context? Does this "coincidence" imply a coincidence between the two world wars? Context: No one in the West was unaffected by the two world wars ...
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Is it reasonable to align Bob Black's anti-work ethic with Sartre's concept of radical freedom?

In Bob Black's 1984 essay 'The Abolition of Work', he discusses the abandonment of a world in which we work in a traditionally structured setting. Overall, his goal is to project a world in which we ...
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Does Burke's political philosophy actually endorse a kind of totalitarianism?

I am reading The Great Debate; Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left by Yuval Levin (2014). It's a pleasant read, and substantial too! However, Levin writes something very ...
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Why does Marxism equate to Communism?

As I understand it, Karl Marx was anticaptitalism, but is that such a bad thing? I have not read the Communist Manifesto. I have read a brief summary of his ideas which translated to finding meaning ...
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War vs Peace thinking is incomplete because it ignores the third category. What is that Category? [closed]

A random ongoing human condition can be experiencing war. Similarly, it can be experiencing peace. I believe it can also be experiencing a third category which is neither war nor peace. I believe most ...
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Why does western law treat criminal and civil violations so differently [closed]

Example 1, criminal act: You find a set of keys on the ground and use them to obtain access to a nearby xyz, taking it away for your own use. You make no effort to pay for the xyz. Example 2, ...
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Spectacle and Schizophrenia

Debord in Spectacle in writes: The parallel between ideology and schizophrenia drawn by Joseph Gabel false consciousness should be seen in this context of the economic process of the ...
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What is Capital?

One hears a great deal about Capitalisms and anti-capitalisms; but what do these terms actually mean? Have these terms been so used and abused that they now mean very little? Can I just think of ...
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Jan Narveson, “Feeding the Hungry.” imply that we do not have a negative and positive duty?

In Jan Narveson, “Feeding the Hungry,” he states that we do not have a moral obligation to help the needy. Does this imply he does not believe we have a positive duty? He also states: "If the fact ...
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Is the logic precept that for two propositions there are four truth values ever applied to serious matters?

An elementary precept of logic says that where there are two propositions, P and Q, there are four possible "truth values", P&~Q, ~P&Q, P&Q, ~P&~Q, where ~ means "not."   Do people ...
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Is it immoral to pay taxes?

Assume your government participates in immoral wars that are unjust according to your personal beliefs and religious doctrine (for example Christian just war theory), is giving support to the ...
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What does it mean to demean oneself? [closed]

The State of Texas Bar Association has each new member take the following oath: I,___ , do affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and of this State; that I will honestly ...
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How does Hegel develop the notion of freedom in his metaphysics?

It is agreed by everyone that liberty is a good thing; and one cannot have enough of a good thing; thus unlimited liberty must be one of the most perfect of goods. For in liberty unlimited one can ...
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Did Socrates Help or Hurt Athens by Submitting to Execution? [closed]

My question is in the title. My thoughts are that Crito seems on its face to indicate that Socrates did not want to escape execution because exile would spell his ruin, breaking his voluntary social ...
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Why Equal Rights?

It seems like the concept im describing is called Utilitarianism it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong Update Clarification ...
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How does J.S. Mill's liberty principle encourage paternalistic intervention?

How does J.S. Mill's liberty principle encourage paternalistic intervention? Mill's liberty principle states that : “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over a member of ...