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|Rabbi Mordecai F.||
Los Angeles, CA
A few have asked what specifically we are reading in Thom. Sowell's Conflict of Visions. Last time, we explored whether we find Sowell's core idea of "constrained" and "unconstrained" visions useful in analyzing the political and moral life. For those who were not there: the missing word is "reasoning"; whether reasoning, typically by experts, is relatively and generally reliable ("unconstrained") or unreliable ("constrained") in addressing social and economic issues. Our entire discussion was devoted to understanding the basic concepts. I would say that the consensus was that just exploring the idea was an immensely helpful tool for intellectual analysis, whether one came down on one side or the other.
For this Sunday, we will start going through Sowell's text. I would hope we could cover the first three chapters, up to about page 65.
Remember: our focus is not to support or undermine Sowell's book, but to use the book as a catalyst for study and exploration and moral/intellectual issues.
You do not have to have read the text to attend or discuss.
Happy Holidays (or lack thereof) to all!