I’d like to buy the world a Coke. I imagine you would too, though perhaps we’d both make it something a little lower in sugar. Unfortunately, making the world a better place for some people, even for the vast majority of people, cannot but make it a worse one for others, even if only a … Continue reading THE SUMMA POLITICA
I am not going to claim that all of us play host to revenge fantasies, because then I couldn’t deny – which I categorically do – that I certainly do. So everything I say here is prefixed by an I-hear-tell, or an I-have-a-friend-who. When I slip into the first person, plural or singular, or into … Continue reading WHAT DO REVENGE FANTASIES TELL US ABOUT ETHICS?
Each of us has heroes. And in that, the having is enough. Which is just to say my hero needn’t be someone I aspire to be. I don’t aspire to be Frederick Douglass or Rosa Parks or Malcolm X or Nelson Mandela, because I don’t aspire to be black. Not aspiring to be Irish I … Continue reading REGARDING HEROISM
“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!” “Mais non, monsieur, zis eez our fly zupe, zee specialite de la maison.” How do we resolve this issue? By deferring to the intentions of the chef? But he might dissimulate, to save the restaurant from having to offer a reduction from my bill. So the more general … Continue reading THE NON-IDENTITY OF INDISCERNIBLES