Socrates, The Crito, and Me: On being a Ute

In Plato’s dialogue Crito, Socrates tells his friend Crito that he cannot flee his death sentence and impose upon himself exile. He is an Athenian and everything he has become, all the things that make him Socrates, are the result of Athenian culture and Athenian institutions.I sometimes feel similarly towards the University of Utah.My time at the University of Utah was a struggle. Long commutes. Financial struggles. I was not a favorite of the faculty. By having kids and a wife who worked, m … [Read more...]

Happy Bastille Day!

There's no bread, let them eat cake There's no end to what they'll take Flaunt the fruits of noble birth Wash the salt into the earthBut they're marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the innocent The king will kneel and let his kingdom riseBloodstained velvet, dirty lace Naked fear on every face See them bow their heads to die As we would bow as they rode byAnd we're marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Sing, … [Read more...]

God is an American

Okay, not really. While many of us cringe at the heavy doses of American exceptionalism (often in the most cheesy forms) within Mormon Culture, maybe there is something valuable in viewing American and Christianity as being intertwined. However, not intertwined in a positive sense, like a manifest destiny, but a destructive one. Not sure if I can fully articulate this at the moment, but I think that David Bowie (with some help from Trent Reznor) give an interesting, and very disturbing, … [Read more...]

Not Ready To Make Nice

I almost made it 6 weeks without posting. Not commenting only lasted about two weeks. This worked as well as my attempt to quit Diet Coke. Oh well.I have discussed my feelings about the bloggernacle in a number of places recently, both in private and in public forums. By putting up some posts about my projects, I hope I can focus my energies in a more productive way. It is also best that I focus my blogging on the friendly confines of my home here at Faith-Promoting Rumor.As for my feelings … [Read more...]

Cosmopolitanism: An Alternative to Patriotism

Author's note 2010: I had hoped to write a new post for this year, but given time constraints, I will again share this post. It was originally posted July 3, 2009.Author's note: The following is not particularly Mormon Studies (though Martha Nussbaum does hold an appointment in the Divinity School, as well as the Law School and Philosophy Department, at the University of Chicago). It is rooted in my Kantian/Rawlsian approach to Mormonism (which is my Christianity). I decided to post this after … [Read more...]

I think I am done. Thanks.

Blogging has been a big part of my life over the last 5 years.. I have gotten to know many interesting people. I have made friends. I have made enemies.I have never posted consistently, but instead have chosen to comment…a lot. I am actually a very passive and mild person. While blogging, I have developed a voice. Actually, many voices…possibly more than there are in my head.After 4 years with BYU-Idaho and this past year at BYU, I am moving on to a permanent position as a public community co … [Read more...]

Care and the Liberal Theory of Justice

The feminist idea of care is both a response to the canon of ethical and political theory as well as an alternative approach to that cannon. In this essay, I contend that caring relationships are a valuable and necessary component of a just society, and as a result necessary in any theoretical argument about social justice. Yet, it could be asked whether the theory of social justice advanced by the philosopher John Rawls adequately incorporates the idea of care. I will argue here that the … [Read more...]

Feminism and the Social Contract

IntroductionA feminist analysis of any major thinker or school of thought within the historical canon of political theory is bound to find many problems. This is surely the case when considering the social contract tradition and the most prominent modern thinkers within this tradition: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacque Rousseau. To a certain extent these thinkers make many of the same mistakes that classical and other modern moral and political theorists made. First, women are often … [Read more...]