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Conflict of Visions I

The book we have selected for our next set of discussions is A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles (2007) by Thomas Sowell. This book is available for under $14 in paperback and for about $10 as an ebook. First published in 1987, it was revised in 2007 to reflect more current political developments. It argues that there are two basic views of human nature that underlie the political conflicts of the last few centuries. For the 27th, we will read and discuss chapters 1 - 3. This book has been generally well-accepted by critics, though some have said it is, at times, somewhat abstract. But then, this is a group of philosophers. Abstract is us.

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  • Milo

    Good discussion. Notice the similarities between these three dichotomies: unconstrained vs constrained; rationalist vs empiricist, subjectivist vs. intrinsicist. If each pair is not exhaustive and exclusive, then we have 3 false dichotomies.

    January 28, 2014

    • Curt H.

      Okay, Milo. You're going to have to come to the next meeting to expand on this.

      February 1, 2014

  • Jon A.

    Sorry, have to work late tonight! But I have two questions. Question number one: is Tarnas of the constrained or unconstrained camp? Second question: are Republicans "constrained" and Democrats "unconstrained"?

    January 27, 2014

    • Curt H.

      Yes and no to all questions. It's complicated. Hope you can make the next meeting when all will be revealed. Well, not quite all.

      January 28, 2014

  • Curt H.

    It was a larger group than I think is ideal for the type of discussions that we have, but it worked beautifully, thanks to members who are willing to listen as well as talk.

    January 28, 2014

  • Scott O.

    Greetings! I'll be stopping by tonight to check out the group. Truth be told, on account of the spontaneity of my discovering the group, I've not had the chance to read the selection. However, I'm just wrapping up a book on the very same topic and I'd love to hear others' thoughts (and, perhaps, offer some of my own if apropos).

    January 27, 2014

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