Continuing on Lear’s Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul (1988). Our highlight is about the relation between the three parts of the soul: which (if any) is basic?
Continuing on the Timaeus, we consider some quotes and details starting at the beginning of the dialogue where Plato argues for differences between the perceived, created, impermanent world and its perfect model.
More on Parfit’s Reasons and Persons (1984), ch. 10-13. In this preview, we consider how Parfit deals with Bernard Williams’ materialist thought experiment to show that the whole concept of personal identity doesn’t make sense. Also, split brains!
Mark, Wes, Dylan, Seth get into specific points and textual passages from Peter Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread (1892).
In this preview, we start by considering that Kropotkin is right that mutual aid is a natural tendency and so communism is very much feasible, why hasn’t it happened already? In the full discussion, we discuss K’s version of the “you didn’t build that” argument, plus guaranteed minimum income, identity and criminal justice in a stateless world, religion, and more.
Mark, Wes, Dylan, Seth, and Brian Wilson continue working through the text, considering Sunzi’s strategies and assumptions, and how these might (or might not) apply to competing in the business world.
Mark, Wes, Dylan and Seth continue the discussion on The Tyranny of Merit to talk further about how social values can and do change, and whether these changes can be engineered in the way that Sandel seems to want. This preview includes a couple of exchanges from near the beginning to give you a flavor of what to expect.