George Will and the Problem with Economic Inequality

George Will wrote a recent piece for the Washington Post about inequality and the Sanders campaign. In it he claims that "the fundamental producer of inequality is freedom." Arguing this allows him to make the argument that the public outcry against current inequality levels is often just a matter of envy. Then, referring to Harry Frankfurt, Will claims … Continue reading George Will and the Problem with Economic Inequality

Arguing Together: Charles Taylor’s “Code Fixation” and Michael Walzer’s “Moral Minimalism”

As I was reading and writing about Charles Taylor's recent essay denouncing "code fixation" I thought about Michael Walzer's notion of "moral minimalism." In many ways it seems these two articles sum up the communitarian side of the communitarian - liberal debate. n.b. While the "communitarian" label legitimately groups together voices of a common critique - … Continue reading Arguing Together: Charles Taylor’s “Code Fixation” and Michael Walzer’s “Moral Minimalism”

On Charles Taylor’s Multi-Dimensional Moral Thinking

In his recent essay, "The Perils of Moralism," [1] Charles Taylor writes about the Western tradition of "code fixation" in moral thinking. "Much contemporary moral theory assumes that morality can be defined in terms of a code of obligatory and forbidden actions, a code moreover which can be generated from a single source or principle. Hence the … Continue reading On Charles Taylor’s Multi-Dimensional Moral Thinking