To Be A Philosopher…

Will Durant said that to be a philosopher (the story of philosophy) one must clearly state a way to live life–to openly design the rules and regulations. And this is rare, because most people cannot live under most people’s philosophies (if they could know them all!), and because majority rule is often a coalition of…

Preferences + Utility

CHALLENGE: I have described rational choice. Remember, the purpose of a challenge is to provide people with an opportunity to network their ideas. So, what’s your favorite theorem? Creativity welcome! Align left: The External [scientia]                   Align Right: The Internal [noumenon] There haven’t been any waves, Not even an undercurrent. The wind is quiet. Away are the…

Party Label Means What Exactly?

In researching parties and ideology (consistency, flip-flopping, etc), there are many ways to illuminate empirical evidence. I prefer looking at party member’s votes against whatever I’m researching via Kitchelt. I like it because American elections are about the economy (stupid), and religion takes sides on many issues and fundimentalists are distinct from secularists. I do…

What’s your POLITICAL philosophy?

Challenge 3: How does philosophy impact political sceince? Please keep your comment/answer in the construct I provided. Philosophy is the life-blood of politics. Socrates says that a just society is one that provides equality of opportunity in achieving one’s potential to all citizens, even though he would have abolished marriage (for the rulers, who could have…