Political Philosophy

A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem

“We can never really be post-truth.”<p>The president of the United States is a serial liar.<p>In May, the Washington Post created a tally of Trump’s false or misleading claims. The number they found was 3,001, which averages out to roughly six lies or half-lies each day in office. That number has climbed …

Philosophy

Report: The FBI has FINALLY fired Peter Strzok

Agent Peter Strzok has been fired by the FBI, the Washington Post reported Monday. The order to fire Strzok came from FBI Deputy Director David L. …

Conservative View

The cloud is thickening, the tempest is gathering and what a way for Bukola Saraki, the smart political player, to end his unfurling rich political life if he is to be removed in a shameful and disgraceful manner because he lacks the moral capacity to do what is right.

People like Bukola Saraki, the hugely compromised and controversial Senate President, believe that Nigeria is perpetually indebted to them. How he …

Citizen Journalism

Sarcophagus of Kha (Detail)

Mark is a history writer based in Italy. Surrounded by archaeological sites, his special interests include ancient ceramics, architecture, and …

Ancient History

Interview with philosopher Thomas Pogge on the fight against poverty

Thomas Pogge, philosopher and professor at Columbia University (USA), has dedicated a major part of his work to the fight against poverty and written …

Globalization

A legacy worth defending

Every now and then, it is worthwhile reminding ourselves how extraordinary the 20th century was – if only to defend and build on its discoveries. It …

Non-violence

CJI sees greater need for protection of human rights

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Saturday observed that the way to peace was the annihilation of the “ballooning of perpendicularism,” and this …

Human Rights

Without Free Speech, Everything You Say Is Meaningless

With the rise of hate speech laws, students protesting speakers at college campuses, and the willful censorship of online content, the end of truly …

Conservative View

APA Member Interview: Kevin W. Gray

Kevin W. Gray is currently completing the JD at Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds a PhD from Laval University in political philosophy (2011). He …

Philosophy

Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention

• http://global.oup.com/academic/covers/uk/pop-up/9780198812852<p>Ethical Demand and Political Reality<p>Edited by <b>C. A. J. Coady</b>, <b>Ned Dobos</b>, and <b>Sagar Sanyal</b><p>A …

Human Rights

The Truth About the Second Amendment

It was always meant to protect an individual right<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In 1791, the Founding Fathers placed into the U.S. …

Conservative View

Scientism

• http://global.oup.com/academic/covers/uk/pop-up/9780190462758<p>Prospects and Problems<p>Edited by <b>Jeroen de Ridder</b>, <b>Rik Peels</b>, and <b>Rene van Woudenberg</b><p>Brings …

Humanities

Unite the Right, the Alt-Right, White Nationalism, Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and Pro-Lifers

Jason Kessler, organizer of last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, has announced that he will be holding an anniversary rally in …

Rights & Freedoms

Why It’s Necessary To Break Bread With Trump Supporters

On July 9, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg concluded in this magazine that progressives do not have to engage Trump supporters. In her article, she argues …

Nelson Mandela

p>Suppose that we disagree about a matter of constitutional law. Say that one of us contends, and the other denies, that transgender persons have constitutional rights to be treated in accord with their gender identity. It appears that we disagree about “what the law is.” And, most probably, we disagree about what the law is on this matter because we disagree about what generally makes it the case that our constitutional law is this rather than that.</p><p>Constitutional theory should provide guidance. Theorists should try to explain what gives our constitutional rules the contents that they have, or what makes true constitutional propositions true; they should aim to provide what I will call a “constitutive theory” of constitutional law. It is obvious that we do not all share a constitutive theory. It is less obvious, and strikingly underappreciated, that we have precious few candidates to choose from. Few of our many prescriptive theories regarding how judges should exercise the power of judicial review have straightforward constitutive implications. </p><p>This Article presents an original constitutive theory of American constitutional law (and of law generally), founded on the familiar distinction between two types of constitutional norms: “principles” and “rules.” It argues: first, that rules are determined by the interaction of principles, in a manner that can be loosely modeled as force addition; and second, that the principles are “grounded” in mental states, speech‐acts, and behaviors of persons who make up the constitutional community, much as rules of fashion or of billiards are grounded in behaviors of persons who make up their normative communities. In short: social facts determine constitutional principles, and constitutional principles determine constitutional rules. I call the account “principled positivism.” It is positivist, pluralist, and dynamic.</p><p>Principled positivism maintains that we can come to know our constitutional rules by discerning the contents, contours, and weights of our constitutional principles. Accordingly, the Article offers a preliminary and partial inventory of our constitutional principles—principles concerning the legal significance of what the enacted text says and what its authors intended; principles about the force of judicial precedents and of extra‐judicial practices; principles of popular sovereignty, the distribution of governing power, and the demands of liberty and equality. It then puts the principles to work, illustrating how they operate in diverse constitutional controversies, from same‐sex marriage to the scope of Congress’s commerce power.</p

Suppose that we disagree about a matter of constitutional law. Say that one of us contends, and the other denies, that transgender persons have …

Law

Doubts About Diversity

I am skeptical that any of us embraces “diversity” as much as we might believe.We claim to be multicultural, but our conception has limits. These …

University of California

Humanists condemn “the politics of division” – Humanist Society

<b>Humanists gather in Auckland condemn “the politics of division”, resurgent in many parts of the world</b><b>Representatives of the worldwide humanist</b> …

Human Rights

Politics and Philosophy at Rome

Oxford University Press

Cato University 2018: The Evolution of the Ideas of Liberty

From Cato University: College of History and Philosophy History is indispensable to understanding and defending liberty under our constitutionally …

Rights & Freedoms

The Americanization of James Iredell

James Iredell’s careful apologia for the American cause—a teaching which he developed in a series of essays and public letters written from …

North Carolina

Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions

Does “political correctness” really crush conservative speech on campus? The data suggests no.<p>The American college campus, we are led to believe, is a dangerous place: If you say what you really think, particularly as a conservative, a mob of young social justice warriors will come for your faculty …

Rights & Freedoms

The Five: Cowboy's Prescott 'Nailed It' With Criticism of Anthem Kneeling

The panel on The Five reported that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is not backing down after receiving backlash for criticizing players' decision to kneel in protest during the national anthem.<p>Prescott said the anthem is not the time to make social justice demonstrations, but has also said …

Jerry Jones

The Corruption of Union Leadership

Alongside the struc­ture of traditional unionism, there begins to grow in its shadow a murky pseudo-unionism<p>Coercion marks the beginning and …

Unions

There's No Such Thing As "Whataboutism"

It’ll come up, friends. You know it will.<p>You’ll be having a conversation. Perhaps the topic will be Russia. Or our godawful President. Or American …

Morality

The Hunger for a Bold Socialism

The political preferences of two college professors, writing in a prominent leftist journal, are informed by the belief that “making people’s lives materially better isn’t enough.”<p>“Socialism is having a moment in the sun,” claims a new article in the leftist magazine <i>Jacobin</i>. “It’s a chance to push …

U.S. Politics

Nicolle Wallace compares Trump's 'ignorance is bliss' philosophy to Sarah Palin seeing Russia from her house

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and ex-Republican strategist Steve Schmidt slammed President Donald Trump over his ‘ill-prepared’ meeting with Russia and …

Donald Trump

A Philosophy Blog

The answer I would have thought is obviously 'no,' but philosopher Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown) takes a different view. She writes:<p>This may, indeed, …

Philosophy

Interview: Richard Epstein On Classical Liberalism, The Administrative State, And Free Speech

For this week’s “Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten” podcast, I joined legendary classical liberal legal theorist and longtime University of Chicago Law …

Conservative View

Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update

Here’s the weekly report of new entries in online philosophical resources and new reviews of philosophy books. We check out and report on updates to …

Philosophy

Engineering Regulation: The Return to Medievalism

<i>Reprinted from the Spring 1975 BENT of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society. Larry W. Sarner received the B.A. degree in political science</i> …

Law