Good Philosophy Links from the Last 10 Days: Logic, Public Welfare, Enlightenment African Philosophy: Laughing at Habermas

‘Logically Speaking: Graham Priest interviewed by Richard Marshall at 3:AM Magazine

Priest is a well known philosopher (originally from south London, so clearly a geezer) who combines logical philosophy, history of philosophy, ‘Continental’ tradition in philosophy, and Asian philosophy.  A very good discussion.

Public Reason: Journal of Political and Moral Philosophy. Volume 3, Number 2.  Special Issue.  Public Services on the Market edited by Rutget Claassen.

Open access (that is can be downloaded for no charge) online journal.  A bit out of my field, but I did profit from reading very clear articles by Joseph Heath, ‘Three Normative Models of the Welfare State’ and Julian Le Grand ‘Quasi-Market versus State Provision of Public Services: Some Ethical Considerations’.  Le Grand has acted as an adviser to at least on British government.  Very useful pieces on issues round individual choice, market efficient, universal provision, and general welfare.

Justin Smith, ‘Anton Wilhelm Amo: A Ghanaian Philosopher in 18th Century Germany’ at the Justin Erik Halldór Smith blog.

A sad but intriguing encounter between a philosopher from Ghana and the German academic world, engaging with Amo’s arguments and bringing them into his troubling interaction.  

Perry Anderson is quoted mocking the complacent of Habermas’s Europeanism at 3 Quarks Daily, in ‘After the Event’. A link is provided to Anderson’s complete article at New Left Review, available to subscribers only, so I won’t bother.

Anderson, a well know pillar of left intellectual life over some decades now, points out that Habermas first condemned the Lisbon Constitution (now Treaty)lof the European Union as undemocratic, and now upholds the Treaty as a a democratic fortress to be defended.  Unlike Anderson, I’m not a Marxist, and like Habermas I support European federalism, but Andeson has  a good point about Habermas, and the general tendency of ‘Euopeanists’ to get sucked into defending the EU as it has been established, and cannot deal with referring to structural problems, and radical solutions (apart from more centralisation) to those problems.  

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