Distributive Justice, John Rawls & Robert Nozick: Liberalism vs. Libertarianism

As a reminder, last month it was agreed we would tackle the issue of Distributive Justice, arguably the conceptual root of most modern Liberalism and free-market Libertarianism... particularly as advanced between John Rawls and Robert Nozick.

There is a plethora of both source and summary information on this topic to be found among other places on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Here's hoping we do the topic justice...

 

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  • Sky H.

    I have to agree with Tony; only occasionally was someone allowed to complete a thought without being interrupted. Ross, would it be possible to have a few ground rules, such as:
    No interruptions until the speaker has finished.
    No responses (back & forth) until others have had a chance to speak.
    ??

    This is my first meeting with this group, and I enjoyed it very much, but it was a little TOO rowdy, with two or three people (you know who you are!) butting in (word intentional) every other moment. Can we work toward the legendary
    I didn't think it was TOO political -- we'll never solve that problem, and the subject was intrinsically political anyway. You did a very good job, and I only think you should do it a little more vigorously.
    I'll be back, and maybe noisier.


    P.P.S. How about introducing ourselves at the beginning?

    March 11

    • Pat

      Hi Sky

      March 11

    • Pat

      Hi Sky. It was lovely seeing both you and Anne at our Meetup. I'm sure you were referring to me as one of those. However, I want you to know that I enjoy listening to many of those who were vocal last night. Most of them are really well studied on the topics and I've learned much from the. Often this might be the only time I communicate with them. Next time raise your hand if you think any of us are taking too much time and you have something you want to address. I was actually worried about you last night b/c hearing aids pick up a lot of stuff. For some reason I can't see this to revise it, so I hope it's fine.

      March 11

  • Tony K.

    Please define civil discussion? No one seemed to listen at this event and most thoughts never had a chance to be completed. The person attempting to speak was repeatedly interrupted by multiple people. Except for a brief interlude of relative civility while discussing the improving quality in Tucson public schools, most "speakers" seemed motivated more by politics than philosophy. When people started invoking the failings of Obama and Bill de Blasio it was obvious that this was more a political debate than a philosophical discussion. I will say that Ross did an admirable job of developing a potential framework for discussion on the fly and the young gentleman on the end of the table with the teacher wife provided points that made me think, but they were repeatedly cut off by others before any discussion ensued. Certainly an interesting topic, but it was poorly deliberated due the the mannerisms of several participants.

    March 11

    • Pat

      Hi tony ... When the topic is comparing a liberal and libertarian philosophy, it's very difficult to avoid using current political events to not compare the two philosophies. I think we were all listening but we all weren't agreeing. I left the meeting thinking about some of my current views and whether or not the should be reevaluated. IMHO politics and philosophy as so closely enjoined that it's impossible to talk about one without the other. Ross did an exceptional job of bringing us back to the ideology.

      March 11

  • Saul R.

    It was exciting and interesting. Maybe a little heated, but still many interesting ideas were presented.

    March 11

  • Phyllis C.

    Great, civil (even friendly) discussion among philosophical opposites

    March 10

  • Kate & J.

    Unfortunately we can't attend this time because we will be attending this seminar at the UA about the brain:
    http://cos.arizona.edu/connections/evolving-brain

    It's free and open to the public in case anyone is interested!

    March 9

    • Ross

      It's too bad you can't make it... I know that you have a specific interest in Nozick (Anarchy, State, and Utopia) and Rawls and Distributive Justice, as they are this month's discussion topic. You'll be missed.

      March 10

    • Ross

      SEE BELOW: "Evolving Brain series is excellent, but it's also being recorded and is easy to watch on the computer one week after the actual lecture" Thanks Tony

      March 10

  • Tony K.

    Evolving Brain series is excellent, but it's also being recorded and is easy to watch on the computer one week after the actual lecture: https://cos.arizona.edu/connections/evolving-brain Just click the "watch" icon. This is an excellent series. This will be my first time with this group. Looking forward to meeting folks.

    March 9

  • noreen c.

    I'm apparently in an existential crux as I'm still curious
    re a topic.

    March 8

  • Sky H.

    My wife, Anne, will again accompany me, so log her in, please. This is more complex than it should be.

    March 8

  • Sky H.

    I'd like to go, will probably bring my wife Anne. Need more info -- have we now a local organizer? Had previously heard only from Glenn.

    March 6, 2014

  • noreen c.

    Is there a topic?

    March 5, 2014

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