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Book Review: Singer on Marx | Slate Star Codex
But in fact Marx was philosophically opposed, as a matter of principle, to any planning about the structure of communist governments or economies. He would come out and say “It is irresponsible to talk about how communist governments and economies will work.” He believed it was a scientific law, analogous to the laws of physics, that once capitalism was removed, a perfect communist government would form of its own accord. There might be some very light planning, a couple of discussions, but these would just be epiphenomena of the governing historical laws working themselves out. Just as, a dam having been removed, a river will eventually reach the sea somehow, so capitalism having been removed society will eventually reach a perfect state of freedom and cooperation.


Conservatives always complain that liberals “deny human nature”, and I had always thought that complaint was unfair. Like sure, liberals say that you can make people less racist, and one could counterargue that a tendency toward racism is inborn, but it sure seems like you can make that tendency more or less strongly expressed and that this is important. This is part of the view I argue in Nature Is Not A Slate, It’s A Series Of Levers.

But here I have to give conservatives their due. As far as I can tell, Marx literally, so strongly as to be unstrawmannable, believed there was no such thing as human nature and everything was completely malleable.

Feuerbach resolves the essence of religion into the essence of man. But the essence of man is no abstraction inherent in each single individual. In reality, it is the ensemble of the social relations.
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june 2017 by nhaliday
A Life that Mattered by Peter Singer - Project Syndicate
“Life can be wonderful as well as terrible, and we shall increasingly have the power to make life good. Since human history may be only just beginning, we can expect that future humans, or supra-humans, may achieve some great goods that we cannot now even imagine. In Nietzsche’s words, there has never been such a new dawn and clear horizon, and such an open sea.”
derek-parfit  peter-singer  effective-altruism  philosophy 
march 2017 by JorgeAranda
Unspeakable Conversations - New York Times
"He insists he doesn't want to kill me. He simply thinks it would have been better, all things considered, to have given my parents the option of killing the baby I once was, and to let other parents kill similar babies as they come along and thereby avoid the suffering that comes with lives like mine and satisfy the reasonable preferences of parents for a different kind of child." A disability rights lawyer meets Peter Singer.
infanticide  euthanasia  singer  peter-singer  ethics  philosophy  utilitarianism  disability 
june 2012 by pw201
Should This Be the Last Generation?
Have you ever thought about whether to have a child? If so, what factors entered into your decision? Was it whether having children would be good for you, your partner and others close to the possible child, such as children you may already have, or perhaps your parents? For most people contemplating reproduction, those are the dominant questions. Some may also think about the desirability of adding to the strain that the nearly seven billion people already here are putting on our planet’s environment. But very few ask whether coming into existence is a good thing for the child itself. Most of those who consider that question probably do so because they have some reason to fear that the child’s life would be especially difficult — for example, if they have a family history of a devastating illness, physical or mental, that cannot yet be detected prenatally.

All this suggests that we think it is wrong to bring into the world a child whose prospects for a happy
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june 2010 by therourke
"More untimely stuff about disability" (Michael Berube at Crooked Timber)
I think the word 'troll' has too negative a connotation. Here is (essentially) a trolls-eye view of a certain portion of a conference, Berube as the Righteous Troll, and it's satisfying in a way that crime dramas are satisfying when you watch the edgy cop beat up the serial killer in the interrogation room. Anyway, be a Dear Reader all the way to the end.
ethics  disability  philosophy  rawls  nussbaum  peter-singer  conference  troll 
september 2008 by arthegall
Good God?
Peter Singer deals with varies defences against the Problem of Evil, quite well for a small article. The point about animal suffering is interesting, not come across that before.
atheism  evil  guardian  philosophy  religion  peter-singer  singer  theology  theodicy 
may 2008 by pw201

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