May 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Having discussed the "self" (Oct. 25), let's bring in the "others" into the discussion of metaethics. This idea will bridge us to more complex ideas and principles in ethics and politics. Mistaking it for something else can really skew any philosophical discussion.
For example, the following series of questions hinge on a proper understanding of the self, the others, and their relations: People often take it as a given that human beings are social animals. If true,
1. What does it mean for man to be social?
2. How is being social the same as (or different from) being in an organized society?
3. What is the role of government in an organized society?
4. If an organized society is like a living organism, with its body parts and systems and organs and tissues and all; what of the enumerated breakdowns, specifically in this organism, would be the government?