Volume III, Issue 2, 2016

Family Autonomy and Class Fate (pages 131-149)

Gideon Calder ABSTRACT: The family poses problems for liberal understandings of social justice, because of the ways in which it bestows unearned privileges. This is particularly stark when we consider inter-generational inequality, or ‘class fate’ – the ways in which inequality is transmitted from one generation to the next, with the family unit ostensibly a key conduit. There is a recognized ... Read More »

Reparations for Recent Historical Injustices. The Case of Romanian Communism (pages 151-162)

Horaţiu Traian Crişan ABSTRACT: The debate concerning the legitimacy of awarding reparations for historical injustices focuses on the issue of finding a proper moral justification for granting reparations to the descendants of the victims of injustices which took place in the remote past. Regarding the case of Romanian communism as a more recent injustice, and analyzing the moral problems entailed ... Read More »

Freedoms and Rights in a Levinasian Society of Neighbors (pages 163-173)

Marlon Jesspher B. De Vera ABSTRACT: This paper attempts to argue that a radically different notion of freedoms and rights that originates from the other, that is founded on the infinite responsibility for the other, and that demands an encounter with the other as pure alterity, could be a plausible starting point towards the conception and possible realization of a ... Read More »

Autonomy in Bioethics (pages 177-190)

Katerina Deligiorgi ABSTRACT: Autonomy in bioethics is coming under sustained criticism from a variety of perspectives. The criticisms, which target personal or individual autonomy, are largely justified. Moral conceptions of autonomy, such as Kant’s, on the other hand, cannot simply be applied in bioethical situations without moralizing care provision and recipience. The discussion concludes with a proposal for re-thinking autonomy ... Read More »

Social Epistemology Transformed: Steve Fuller’s Account of Knowledge as a Divine Spark for Human Domination (pages 191-205)

William T. Lynch ABSTRACT: In his new book, Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History, Steve Fuller returns to core themes of his program of social epistemology that he first outlined in his 1988 book, Social Epistemology. He develops a new, unorthodox theology and philosophy building upon his testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District in defense of intelligent design, ... Read More »

Social Epistemology for Theodicy without Deference: Response to William Lynch (pages 207-218)

Steve Fuller ABSTRACT: This article is a response to William Lynch’s, ‘Social Epistemology Transformed: Steve Fuller’s Account of Knowledge as a Divine Spark for Human Domination,’ an extended and thoughtful reflection on my Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History. I grant that Lynch has captured well, albeit critically, the spirit and content of the book – and the thirty-year intellectual journey ... Read More »

On “Self-Realization” – The Ultimate Norm of Arne Naess’s Ecosophy T (pages 219-235)

Md. Munir Hossain Talukder ABSTRACT: This paper considers the foundation of self-realization and the sense of morality that could justify Arne Naess’s claim ‘Self-realization is morally neutral,’ by focusing on the recent debate among deep ecologists. Self-realization, the ultimate norm of Naess’s ecosophy T, is the realization of the maxim ‘everything is interrelated.’ This norm seems to be based on ... Read More »

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