Conscience, disharmony, and the separation of powers

The voice of conscience always sounds a note of discord. It speaks out against something we have done, or contemplate doing. It offends against our good self-image and the prerogatives of our other desires. If I have done something I feel is wrong, I am strongly tempted to quell that dissenting voice by presenting itContinue reading “Conscience, disharmony, and the separation of powers”

The way liberal-egalitarian views develop, part 2

In my last post, I went over a few moments from the history of feminism and argued that they demonstrated ways in which our concepts of freedom and equality legitimately develop over time, in ways that can’t be predicted in advance. Now this is a very familiar philosophical theme, going back to Hegel. But theContinue reading “The way liberal-egalitarian views develop, part 2”

The way liberal-egalitarian values develop, part 1

In my last post, I set out my stall in terms of fundamental values: liberté, egalité, fraternité for individuals, and justice towards them in government. But those are very broad and fuzzy ideas. In this post and the next, I’m going to argue that the task of pinning down exactly what they mean is neverContinue reading “The way liberal-egalitarian values develop, part 1”

What I’m aiming to do in this blog

Hello, and welcome to Freedom and Corruption. This blog is an outgrowth of a research project I began in late 2018 in an attempt to understand why it is that all of this *gestures at world events* is happening, and what kind of society might be immune from it. It’s about institutions and constitutions, butContinue reading “What I’m aiming to do in this blog”

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