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Is Government Good?

I have given an argument previously for the conclusion that government is an institution that is impossible to avoid having. I have also claimed that there is a difference – at least commonly speaking – between a good government and a bad government. But even if we accept these things, it is still possible to claim that government is ultimately evil. There are also all of the moral arguments that ...

Privacy, Sensitivity and Free Speech

There are some people who wrongly share private information. There are others who (usually reporters) who pester the sick and abused. Still others bring their conflicts into the public. All of these things are wrong sometimes very wrong. One possible solution to these problems is to restrict the press (or individuals generally) from releasing this kind of information. This counts as a restriction ...

Permitting Deception

In my previous post, I set out the basics on why lying is always immoral. But deception is permissible. In order to understand why lying is wrong, further understanding of deception is necessary. Determining when deception is permissible is a matter of justice. In order to act justly, deception may be necessary. But there are also other circumstances in which justice demands that deception not occ...

Sinking the Modern University

Recently, I have been thinking about the problems of modern universities. We know that universities are supposed to be places that we go to get educated at. We also ‘ know’ that they are supposed to be good places to be taught, that they help us find good jobs and that good research goes on there. We may even believe universities are better in the modern world than they were in the las...

Knowledge of Appearances

In my last post, I proved that the mind is active and seeks out relevant information. But further progress on the nature of the mind required investigating the knowledge of appearances. There is no real distinction between knowledge of appearances and theories of the world because some appearances are also theories of the world. Appearances cannot neatly be separated from our knowledge of the worl...

Cultural Formation

So far, I have discussed the research and credentialing purposes of the modern university. Cultural formation is a process that trains citizens in the knowledge of their country and their common humanity while giving them moral and intellectual virtues. Universities are often places in which students learn about their country, form their values and learn to participate in political life. Such prep...

An Argument for Moral Pluralism

In a previous post, I explained that if goodness exists, then intrinsic goodness must exist and I gave an argument for that conclusion. I also explained that there are two views on intrinsic goodness. One view, moral monism, claims that there is only one category of intrinsic goodness. The other view, moral pluralism, claims that there is more than one category of intrinsic goodness. The question ...

Ownership and Theft

We know that stealing is wrong. We also know that individuals can own things. But is taking from someone always stealing? If not, then when is it stealing? Clarification of these issues is necessary to further understand the nature of ownership. Taking is not always stealing. Sometimes, taking what belongs to another is morally permissible. This means that no one has an absolute right to property....

How Much Education is Enough?

One of the problems of discussing education is knowing how much education is enough education. We might claim that everyone should know a list of various things: reading, writing, basic history and geography and common science. But when computers became more prevalent we suddenly found a need to add them to our educational list. In fact, no such list is ever right for all circumstances and situati...

Education and the State

I have already discussed what education is and given arguments for why parents are ultimately responsible for their child’ s education. However, there are a few more matters to be mentioned before digging deeper into the nature of education. These are two different issues. First, what is the role of the government in education. Second, if parents are responsible for their child’ s educ...

Education and Parents

I have previously mentioned that education is not job training or knowledge acquisition. Education is the process of equipping citizens to pursue their goods in society. Sometimes adults need education, especially if they failed to receive an education or they received an incomplete or improper education. Most of the time, it is children that need to be educated. When we discuss children, we shoul...

Freedom of Expression

I have been discussing various freedoms. I have already discussed the freedom of speech and the freedom of association. I had mentioned creativity in friendship and speech. It is this freedom that I will now describe. Freedom of expression is the freedom to produce, permit, encourage and participate in creative activities. Remember that freedom always aims at some good. It seems that creative acti...

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