Volume II, Issue 3, 2015

Citizen Skeptic: Cicero’s Academic Republicanism (pages 275–285)

Scott Aikin ABSTRACT: The skeptical challenge to politics is that if knowledge is in short supply and it is a condition for the proper use of political power, then there is very little just politics. Cicero’s Republicanism is posed as a program for political legitimacy wherein both citizens and their states are far from ideal. The result is a form ... Read More »

Dialectical Strategic Planning in Aristotle (pages 287–309)

Iovan Drehe ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to give an account and a rational reconstruction of the heuristic advice provided by Aristotle in the Topics and Prior Analytics in regard to the difficulty or ease of strategic planning in the context of a dialectical dialogue. The general idea is that a Questioner can foresee what his refutational syllogism ... Read More »

A Sketch of a Humane Education: A Capability Approach Perspective (pages 311–321)

Kevin Ross Nera ABSTRACT: Poverty, understood as basic capability deprivation, can only be solved through a process of expanding the freedoms that people value and have reason to value. This process can only begin if the capability to imagine and aspire for an altenative lifestyle worthy of human dignity is cultivated by an education program that develops both the capability ... Read More »

Intellectual Property, Globalization, and Left-Libertarianism (pages 323–345)

Constantin Vică ABSTRACT: Intellectual property has become the apple of discord in today’s moral and political debates. Although it has been approached from many different perspectives, a final conclusion has not been reached. In this paper I will offer a new way of thinking about intellectual property rights (IPRs), from a left-libertarian perspective. My thesis is that IPRs are not ... Read More »

From Moral Responsibility to Legal Responsibility in the Conduct of War (pages 347–362)

Lavinia Andreea Bejan ABSTRACT: Different societies came to consider certain behaviors as morally wrong, and, in time, due to a more or less general practice, those behaviors have also become legally prohibited. While, nowadays, the existence of legal responsibility of states and individuals for certain reprehensible acts committed during an armed conflict, international or non-international, is hard to be disputed, ... Read More »

Perennialism and Modernism in Romanian National-Communism. An Ideological Dilemma? (pages 363–371)

Emanuel Ciocianu-Copilaș ABSTRACT: This article analyzes the theories of nationalism incorporated into the national-communist discourse active in Romania between 1965 and 1969. Although insisting upon its Marxist ideological core, Romanian national-communist discourse did not, however, embrace the Marxist vision upon nations and nationalism, namely modernism. Furthermore, its vision in this regard, primordialist perenialism, was typical of right-wing, even extreme right-wing ... Read More »

Conflicts and Instability in the Contemporary Security Environment (pages 373–385)

Olesea Ţaranu ABSTRACT: While current doctrines try to separate conflicts within two distinct categories – conventional versus irregular, there are, however, a series of contemporary conflicts that challenge this western view on war showing that the disjunctive manner of classification in ‘big and conventional’ versus ‘small and irregular’ is limited and simplistic. The military strategists as well as the academics ... Read More »

Ethical Competence for Teachers: A Possible Model (pages 387–403)

Roxana-Maria Ghiațău ABSTRACT: In Education Sciences, the notion of ‘competence’ is widely used, both as an aim to be reached with students and as performance in teachers’ education. This article advances a type of competence that is highly relevant for teachers’ work, namely the ‘ethical competence.’ Ethical competence enables teachers to responsibly deal with the daily challenges arising from their professional ... Read More »

Will Economic Globalization Result in Cultural Product Homogenization, in Theory and Practice? (pages 405-418)

Todd J. Barry ABSTRACT: Globalization is resulting in complex decisions by businesses as to where and what to produce, while free trade is resulting in a greater menu of choices for consumers, often with the blending of products and goods from various cultures, called ‘glocalization.’ This paper reviews the theories and practices behind these current happenings, which are each economic, politicaleconomic, institutional, and sociological, first ... Read More »

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