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  •  Only missing Dewey (6+ / 0-)

    The Pragmatists were a shoring up of the weak spots in utilitarianism by trying to perform a sort of positivist critique of utility, and that was a founding principle for a great deal of government in the U.S.

    I don't think, though, that the people exercising their right to speak money even offer an ethical or moral rational. If they do, it is severely limited to, "My private interests need not be great, but they must be served by all instrumentalities of my will." The other justification is a parallel moral defense that relies on consequentialism: "My goal is the second coming of Jesus and the New Jerusalem/ the establishment of a Davidic kingdom of Israel, and the value of such is transcendent of human scales of virtue and vice; therefore there can be no lies if they're told in the service of the End of Days/bringing back the Temple."

    I began here and continue on bewailing the utter silence of moral philosophy in the United States.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 07:00:50 PM PDT

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