Public Discourse and Agonistic Democracy

Cathleen Kaveny has a compelling new book I'm working through called Prophecy without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Sphere. The topic of the book is plain enough in the title. I've read several prominent criticisms of Rawlsian liberal thinking about the need for "public reason" in public discourse. Sandel, for one, argues that the sort … Continue reading Public Discourse and Agonistic Democracy


The Ethics of Drone Warfare

I've not read deeply at all on the ethics of drone warfare but wanted to reflect after discussing it with some friends. I see five concerns commonly arise when thinking about the ethics of drone warfare: 1.) collateral damage 2.) impact on local communities (psychological, emotional, physical, etc.) 3.) the military and national security fallout for their use … Continue reading The Ethics of Drone Warfare