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The Bell and the Banter

Every noontime, the bell of Barla boomed and the banter began. Trade and teasing trembled in the air for two hours of joviality. These Barlians were a tender, quiet people, and they could only handle so much expressive energy. The second that two hours of banter had passed, the bellboy or bellgirl struck the bell […]

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A Place Loved

My home is a candle, an ocean, A lapping, a purr, A flicker and a church. I live the space, Beyond geometry, Pure phenomenology, A crescent, a sun, An essence, a skin. I behold and am beheld, My shelves of my shell, My stress, my virtue. My house is a daydream, A poet’s plaything, A […]

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Wait

Waiting… waiting, what a game, no fame, awkward… awkward, silence, staring about, aloof… sorry, what do we do now? A sound pierces, pierces, SLICES the palpable moment — what a distraction, how sighworthy. Hey You, where those sublime eyes from? We’ll never know I suppose. A gross infraction, so gross, so putrid and defiant of […]

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Tom Regan: Non-Anthropocentric Kantian

We are assigned the papers today, Millstein explains details. Our argument, not a research paper. Quotes should be rare, and you should explain quotes. Quote only if the language is particularly important and someone might question your interpretation. Don’t assume the professor knows any terms like utilitarianism. Your argument against the author should not already […]

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Klinenberg Notes

Klinenberg uses personal anecdotes in both articles, but for different reasons. In the scholarly article, it is an ethical appeal to show that Klinenberg knows what he is talking about and has seen his subject of study firsthand. He is demonstrating the jargon of “lived experience.” In the other article, he uses a personal anecdote […]

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Kantian Ethics

Utilitarianism doesn’t account for standard wrongs like lying and murder so long as it creates a positive amount of happiness. Kantian ethics, however, does account for these things. Kant separates “mere things” from rational (thinking) autonomous (self-governing) beings (RABs) who have a will. We ought not use RABs as mere things. RABs: most humans, sentient […]

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Utilitarianism and GMOs

What is ethics? Beliefs about right and wrong, what we ought to do. Ethics could be based on: religious beliefs, the law, cultural beliefs, personal beliefs, reason. Cultural relativism: acting with your culture is ethical, against is unethical. Personal beliefs, moral egoism: you are always right. All ethics then becomes arbitrary. Personal beliefs may infringe […]

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Spivak on Subaltern

The logic of normalization is all boxification. Gilroy, you get to choose your box (the ship, the nation). Spivak: some people are outside the boxes. Britain tried normalizing many people in other countries. They trained classes of administrators in various countries. Different orders of Chow’s mimeses (mimicking) appear here. There are two versions of the […]

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