Lit Review: George and Wolfe “Natural Law and Public Reason” #rawlsreligion

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NOTE: This is a research note as I compile my literature review. Robert George and Christopher Wolfe argue that the "reason" aspect of public reason automatically cast religion as somehow being unreasonable or irrational (George 2000, 67). For George and Wolfe, public reason is hostile to religion in that the revelation which stands as the basis of religious faith is sacred rather than "publicly accesible" (67). George and Wolfe contends that prior to 1947 and the Supreme Court case … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurs and Society: Ethics and Responsibility (Video)

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In the following one minute video, Dutch economist and philosopher Ingrid Robeyns shares some brief thoughts on the intersection of entrepreneurship and society. Noting that entrepreneurs are important to society, Robeyns has two tips for entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs: 1. If you choose to start a business, address an issue that is an important challenge facing society over the next decade. 2. If you are successful, use that opportunity to give something back to … [Read more...]

Approaching Justice Quote of the Day 9/20/13

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Each morning at the Approaching Justice: Faith and Social Justice Facebook Page, I will be sharing the Approaching Justice Quote of the Day. Today's quote comes from Peter Singer of Princeton University. Please, "like" the Approaching Justice Facebook Page and support Approaching Justice by sharing items from the page. Thanks! … [Read more...]

Approaching Justice Quote of the Day 9/19/13

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Each morning at the Approaching Justice: Faith and Social Justice Facebook Page, I will be sharing the Approaching Justice Quote of the Day. Our inaugural quote comes from Prof. Cornel West of Union Theological Seminary and Princeton University. I will archive those quotes and pictures here each night. Please, "like" the Approaching Justice Facebook Page and support Approaching Justice by sharing items from the page. Thanks! … [Read more...]

What is Religious Freedom? A Brief Response

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced yesterday that it was initiating an effort to promote the freedom of religion. Here is a video title "What is Religious Freedom?" released by the LDS Church that addresses the meaning of the freedom of religion and the current status of the freedom of religion. A few quick points: 1. I found it interesting that the video provided two arguments or philosophical foundations for the freedom of religion. The first was the natural … [Read more...]

What is Just War Theory?

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For now, I will let Michael Walzer answer that question. Walzer is professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey. He is also the co-editor or the leftist magazine Dissent. In this clip, Walzer talks about the history of just war theory. He also addresses elements of his own thought on the matter. In the post-Vietnam-era, few have done more to advance just war theory than Michael Walzer. Talk a listen: (Source: Big Think) For Walzer's full … [Read more...]

John Stuart Mill on Mormon Polygamy

I am putting together a conference paper proposal about John Stuart Mill's treatment of Mormon polygamy in his classic "On Liberty." As I do that, I want to share with you the passages that I am considering. The forth chapter of John Stuart Mill's 1869 "On Liberty" starts with the following questions: WHAT, then, is the rightful limit to the sovereignty of the individual over himself? Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and … [Read more...]


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