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Justice – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C04

What is Justice? (e.g. is it simply fairness?)Cardinal Virtue / First Virtue of Social institutionsKantian Justice – The preservation of human dignity, respecting a person as ends in themselves rather than a means to an end.Rawlsian Justice (aka Distributive Justice) – The fair and equal distribution of goodsThis includes more than just physical goodsRightsProtectionsEducationPlatonic Justice…


Legitimacy – Fresh AiR -S02:E05:C03

What is LegitimacyIn simplest terms this is a justification of validity, but how does that apply to politics?Theories of LegitimacyThere is no legitimacy: political Legitimacy implies the right to use violence and the idea that some are worth more than others. This is immoral and untrue and thus itself illegitimate.Legitimacy by force and power: those…


Obligation – Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C02

Obligation – Political Philosophy Chapter 2 We continue our second multi-chapter epiosode with a walk down Obligation. At the start we say we are going to be covering legitimacy and obligation, however we ran out of time, so will be covering off legitimacy next week. So what’s in this weeks episode? The key aspects, but…


An Intro to Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C01

What is Political Ethics? We ask the question tonight, ‘What is Political Ethics’ and discuss topics such as: Why is Morality important (to all parties)Legitimacy (covered in a later chapter)Perception of VotersDo all parties act in accordance with their moral compass at all times? We also cover off our what chapters to expect in the…


Political Philosophy; Legitimacy

On the fifth of May, 1789, in France there was the start of an influential political process. It was on this day that King Louis XVI ordered a gathering of the “Assemblé Nationale”, and at that time rare meeting of the three different classes (nobility, clergy and citizenry) of Parliament, to discuss an impending bankruptcy…


Has Atheism Become an Ideology?

Atheism is not a religion. It is just a position on one topic. Whilst the term is polysemous, in some way shape or form it is a negation of the theistic claim. This article hopes to examine how atheism is used as a political tool, and how some atheists have turned it into an ideology….


Political Philosophy: Sticks and how to use them

Sticks. In the Fresh AiR Podcast, S01 E01, I referred to religion as just “one of many sticks we use to beat each other upside the head”.  I also named a few other sticks, like race, wealth and class. On Twitter I had a discussion with one of the podcasts listeners about these sticks and…


The significance of ethical consideration in politics.

In this day and age, where war, fear and hatred are so abundantly present, we encounter more and more fellow human beings who seem ruthlessly pragmatic when it comes to solving world problems. When discussing ISIL, for instance, the comment ‘just nuke ’em’ is far from scarce. Other people, like a prominent businessman and politician…