[It occurred to me that some might be interested in some of the following assignments to my students this next week which in many ways are a reflection of the coming election positions.

The Republicans combine the Manifest Destiny and libertarian impulses mentioned below — racism towards Latinos and greedy grasping of private wealth a la Nozick, who had started as an SDS radical student at Columbia, versus the Democratic concern for the well-being particularly of the worst off reflected in Rawls’ notion of justice as fairness.

I could give you a run down of where the radical right wing evangelicals came from — origins in mid-nineteenth century middle American anti-intellectual religion combined then as today with money-making scams — come into town and give a hell fire sermon directed to the local banker who hands over a generous offering to save his soul — and then off to the next town to repeat the collection process.

Our major drug companies (e.g. Upjohn) got started with elixirs (laced with cocaine) being sold off the back of wagons to ladies so that they would buy a number of bottles next spring’s visit.  Ed Kent]

Subject: Course Assignments for Week of 10/29 Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 08:28:29 -0400 From: Ed Kent

To: Student Concerns

Philosophy of Law (43)  will combine American Legal Realism — a handout on reasons for rule uncertainty given out last week — and H.L.A. Hart’s Concept of Law. Hart was the major British (and perhaps) 20th century legal theorist:

http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/jurisprudence/hart.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._A._Hart http://www.angelfire.com/md2/timewarp/hart.html

Ethics and Society (6) will continue our exploration of the American class system being apparently reconstructed with the radical revision currently of educational and job options for many Americans. Here are a few historical websites:

Manifest Destiny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_Destiny

and two 20th century American philosophers’ conceptions of social justice:

John Rawls’ justice as fairness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rawls

Robert Nozick – Locke’s (libertarian) conception of rights of property revived: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Nozick

Hopefully you have got a good start on your research project.  The semester is now racing to a close.


VOTE Nov. 7! Your future may depend on it!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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