Responding to Wes Alwan’s Critique of Sandel

I'm not interested in becoming a Michael Sandel apologist. I find his critique of the Rawlsian project compelling for a number of reasons, as I've written about, but I also have concerns about his alternative. I'm an infrequent listener to the podcast Partially Examined Life and became aware that Wes Alwan, one of the show's … Continue reading Responding to Wes Alwan’s Critique of Sandel

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Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

An article I wrote on marriage was recently published in a small journal (and with only a few glaring mistakes! All of which were my fault, of course). It's an attempt to think both with the Christian tradition and for the public square. Here's a link to it: "On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage," Encounter 76.2 … Continue reading Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

Politics at the Limits of Facts

The earnest war being waged against the new regime of “alternative facts” in the United States is admirable. Facts, here defined as empirically valid claims, are important for governing and policy making. Yet, the turmoil around this admittedly bizarre phenomenon reveals certain assumptions worthy of consideration. Among other things, ours is a moment for thoughtful … Continue reading Politics at the Limits of Facts

The Problem with Paul Bloom on Empathy

Paul Bloom, eminent psychologist at Yale, is at work on a new book explaining the problem with empathy. I have little to go on in reference to the content of the book (since it's not out yet) aside from this short video: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/474588/why-empathy-is-a-bad-thing/ This is less to go on than is preferable, but enough, I … Continue reading The Problem with Paul Bloom on Empathy

Chantal Mouffe on the Common Good

As I mentioned in the last post, Chantal Mouffe looks for a "third way" between Rawls-ian individualism and (what she understands to be) Sandel-ian collectivism. Mouffe spends considerable time adapting to the communitarian critique of liberalism, claiming, "liberalism's exclusive concern with individuals and their rights has not provided content and guidance for the exercise of … Continue reading Chantal Mouffe on the Common Good