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The Self, the Others, and their Relations, 2

  • May 23, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This is a continuation of a prior meeting (May 9).

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?

A summary is available on request for those who missed the first meeting.


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  • Tom O.

    We showed that competition does not stem from a relationship of dominance but from a relationship of cooperation.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    While I do not yet fully agree with it, I like the triangular relationship between the self and others. It puts a positive spin on competition.

    May 23, 2013

  • Tom O.

    In preparing my notes for the upcoming meeting, I find it helpful to review our Oct. 11 meeting of last year. For those who were there and are now coming to this meeting, please bring your old notes from that meeting. They should provide answers to newly raised objections from Alex and Mike G.

    May 20, 2013

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