DEMOCRACY AS A PROJECT

Category: International

Science In Transition: from science 3.0 to science 3.5

Science In Transition: From science 3.0 towards Science 3.5. ( -> printversion)
For half a century I have been dissatisfied with the contribution of social science and philosophy to solving our social problems and tried to find out why. SIT’s January agenda, its position paper and a plethora of articles give hope that something would be [...]

Comments on a book: PHILOSOPHY of INFORMATION

A thick book came to my attention through an interview in my paper, NRC, of Sander Bais, editor and contributor to that book, In that interview he said: “The concept of entropy has lead to a definition of the concept of information. Thus the second law (of thermodynamics) lays at the basis of informatics.” That raised [...]

The unfinished evolution of morals.

THE UNFINISHED EVOLUTION OF MORALS.
“On the fifteen square kilometers of tropical rainforest covering the island of Barco Colorado in the canal of Panama, there are seventy-four sorts of bats. These sorts do not compete amongst themselves in a survival of the fittest which leads to the disappearance of others. They avoid such destructive competition and [...]

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J&A 2b.3.3 C) AGAINST THE AUTONOMOUS EXISTENCE OF POPPER’S WORLD 3 OBJECTS.
1) INTRODUCTION. in the chapters about knowledge it has been explained why knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular can be understood only if we acknowledge its function as a tool which man uses to manipulate and communicate reality. That frankly instrumentalistic view [...]

Towards a rational application of rational choice theory.

This post is a first draft. It is published because the author, given his age, is afraid that it might never be published.
Towards a rational application of Rational Choice Theory (hereafter RCT) to social decision-making.

TABLE OF CONTENT

1) INTRODUCTION.

2) DEFINITIONS IN RCT.
2a) CHOICE.
2b) RATIONAL.
2c) THE SUBJECT.
2d) GOAL/HIGHEST EXPECTED UTILITY.
2e) UTILITY VERSUS FUNCTION

3) REASON [...]

COMMENTS ON JEAN HAMPTON’S “POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY”

Introduction.
Having published my book 1*), I tried to keep to date with the current state of political philosophy and ran into two books by Jean Hampton, hereafter abbreviated as  JH . One,“The idea of democracy”, was only edited by her and consisted of papers contemporary authors dealing with different aspects of democracy and leading to [...]

DETERMINISM VERSUS FREE WILL (*)

As with all paradoxes, the one between determinism and free will disappears as soon as we investigate what we really ‘mean’ by the words we use, to what part of our reality they refer. Our will is free if it is not subjugated to the will of another creature, if a decision is directed by [...]

That is democracy

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The profusion of books, articles, websites and blogs on democracy show one thing: there is as yet no democracy, only many different views of democracy. Even today political philosophy does not produce a principle, a definition that is adequate and generally accepted, we find only contradictory views of prominent thinkers. These [...]

THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The founding articles from the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS are:

Art.1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Art.21:
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly [...]

Political Philosophy, Jean Hampton

(hereafter abbreviated as JH).
Introduction.
Having published my book 1*), I tried to keep to date with the current state of political philosophy and ran into two books by JH . One,“The idea of democracy”, was only edited by her and consisted of papers from contemporary authors dealing with different aspects of democracy and leading to contradictory [...]