Ideas of Adam Swift, by Theme

[British, fl. 2014, Professor at the University of Warwick.]

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23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / h. Respect
We should respect the right of people to live in their own way, even if it is irrational
24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / c. A unified people
Anti-colonial movements usually invoke the right of their 'people' to self-determination
24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 4. Original Position / a. Original position
Isn't it more rational to maximise the average position, but with a safety net?
24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 2. State Legitimacy / c. Social contract
Hypothetical contracts have no binding force
24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship
Cosmopolitans reject the right of different states to distribute resources in different ways
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy
Democracy is bad, but the other systems are worse
Since all opinions are treated as equal in democracy, it implies there are no right answers
Design your democracy to treat citizens equally, or to produce better citizens?
Design your democracy to yield political stability, or good decisions?
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 5. Democracy / c. Direct democracy
Teledemocracy omits debate and deliberation, which are important parts of good decisions
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / f. Liberal problems
Liberals mistakenly think individuals choose their values, without reference to the community
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 7. Communitarianism
The best way to build a cohesive community is to be involved in a war
Multiculturalism is a barrier to the whole state being a community
Membership and inclusion in a community implies non-membership and exclusion
Liberals are concerned to protect individuals from too much community
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 8. Socialism
Redistributing wealth treats some people as means, rather than as ends
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 12. Feminism
Men have had the power to structure all of our social institutions
25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 5. Freedom of lifestyle
Maybe a freedom is from a restraint, and also in order to do something
25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 1. Grounds of equality
Opportunity should ignore extraneous factors, or foster competence, or ignore all disadvantages
25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 4. Economic equality
Inequalities are needed, as incentives to do the most important jobs
A person can desire redistibution of wealth, without it being for reasons of equality
25. Social Practice / C. Rights / 4. Property rights
You can't necessarily sell your legitimate right to something, even if you produced it
Libertarians about property ignore the fact that private property is a denial of freedoms
25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 1. Basis of justice
Justice can be seen as fairness or entitlement or desert