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Ideas of Will Kymlicka, by Text

[Canadian, fl. 1988, Taught by G.A. Cohen. At the University of Toronto.]

1990 Contemporary Political Philosophy: Intro
2.3.a p.22 The quest of the general good is partly undermined by people's past entitlements
2.3.b p.29 Utilitarianism is not a decision-procedure; choice of the best procedure is an open question
2.4.a p.31 One view says start with equality, and infer equal weight to interests, and hence maximum utility
2.4.a.ii p.135 Teleological theories give the good priority over concern for people
2.4.a.iii p.137 The most valuable liberties to us need not be the ones with the most freedom
2.4.a.iii p.138 The Lockean view of freedom depends on whether you had a right to what is restricted
2.4.b p.32 To maximise utility should we double the population, even if life somewhat deteriorates?
2.4.b p.33 A second view says start with maximising the good, implying aggregation, and hence equality
2.5.b p.42 We shouldn't endorse preferences which reject equality, and show prejudice and selfishness
2.6 p.47 Utilitarianism is no longer a distinctive political position
2.7 p.45 Using utilitarian principles to make decisions encourages cold detachment from people
3.1.b p.54 Liberalism tends to give priority to basic liberties
3.2 p.56 Equal opportunities seems fair, because your fate is from your choices, not your circumstances
3.2 p.57 Equal opportunity arbitrarily worries about social circumstances, but ignores talents
3.3 p.59 Social contract theories are usually rejected because there never was such a contract
3.3 p.65 Utilitarianism is irrational if it tells you to trade in your rights and resources just for benefits
3.3.b.2 p.75 The difference principles says we must subsidise the costs of other people's choices
4.1.a p.95 Libertarians like the free market, but they also think that the free market is just
4.2.c p.124 If everyone owned himself, that would prevent legitimate slavery
5.1 p.164 Marxists say justice is unneeded in the truly good community
5.1 p.169 Justice corrects social faults, but also expresses respect to individuals as ends
5.2.a p.171 Marxists say liberalism is unjust, because it allows exploitation in the sale of labour
6.2 p.206 Communitarian states only encourage fairly orthodox ideas of the good life
6.3 p.207 The 'Kantian' view of the self misses the way it is embedded or situated in society
6.3 p.207 The 'Kantian' self steps back from commitment to its social situation
6.4.c p.228 Communitarians say we should pay more attention to our history
7.2.a p.250 Ancient freedom was free participation in politics, not private independence of life
7.2.b p.258 Modern liberalism has added personal privacy to our personal social lives
7.3 p.263 Maybe the particularist moral thought of women is better than the impartial public thinking of men
p.38 p.23 Promises create a new duty to a particular person; they aren't just a strategy to achieve well-being