Last time, I argued that human beings are equal in an ethical sort of way: they are equal in terms of the dignity that all humans deserve to be treated with. Next I would like to add a few words on what it is about human beings that gives them this special dignity. A couple common answers … Continue reading Human Equality, Part 2
Well, I have a new (my first) article out in the latest issue of Political Research Quarterly. The subject of the article is John Locke's understanding of human equality. I plan on writing at least a couple of blog posts on the major ideas from the article, which I would like to make as accessible … Continue reading Human Equality, Part 1
When a soldier is killed, what has occurred? Does it matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing? Was it better to be a dead soldier lying face down in the dirt at Breed's Hill or Gettysburg, than leaning against a wall or a post in Khost or Baghdad? Does it matter … Continue reading When a soldier dies.
There is a real tension between talking and doing. In the present election cycle, establishment politicians are the talkers, and who are the doers? Well, Trump and his supporters, who are going to "make America great again." But notice that just as politicians have their reputation for not getting anything done, Trump and his supporters … Continue reading Protecting your Heart from Itself: A Response to “Let’s Talk?”
Communication. The art of expressing to others your ideas and thoughts. It seems so easy, yet I bet there are hundreds of books written about improving communication skills, good communication practices. What appears as something completely straight forward as talking, is for me a struggled. Sometimes I feel it is an ability I plainly missed. … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: By Margarita Ramirez, “Let’s Talk? Why Some Traditional Relationship Habits Still Make Sense”
I love the topic of family roles for my blog because the family unit is such a fundamental element of society. Outside of public institutions, the family is primarily where good neighbors, voters, and future parents are formed. What came through in a conversation with Margarita after she posted "Family Roles" is that the clash between traditional and … Continue reading Response to Ms. Ramirez’ “My Family Roles”
Three years ago, I went from just being a daughter to being both a wife and a daughter. A few months ago, I went from just being a wife and a daughter to being also a mom. It has surprised me how much these “status” changes got my mind turning on their meaning and what … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: By Margarita Maria Ramirez, “My Family Roles: Traditional South American vs. Modern”
This week I will be presenting a chapter from my dissertation on John Dewey at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. I will be summarizing the problem Dewey sees with Christianity, why it should be abandoned, and what can potentially happen in terms of democratic progress once it is abandoned. I conclude … Continue reading Dewey on how Religion Corrupts Our Democracy
With all of the research that has been done on the brain, there is no question that the brain is a special part of us. We often think of our mental activity--thoughts, ideas, feelings, anger -- taking place in the brain. When we think of a tree, the image of the tree is being viewed … Continue reading An Identity Thought Experiment Concerning You and Your Eyeballs
I missed out doing much for Palm Sunday this week. I miss out on a lot of observances that in principle I consider myself obligated to tend to. I was not raised in the rituals of any church, nor was I raised with a coherent orientation toward religion. My dad wavered, and continues to waver, … Continue reading Religion: What’s to Like?