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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A new not-blog: "Public Discourse"

"Public Discourse" is (it insists) the not-blog (though it is kind of like a blog) of the Witherspoon Institute (one of Robby George's projects) at Princeton.  Here is the link, and here is a description of the not-blog's mission and a list of the Editorial Board's members.  A bit:

We call it Public Discourse: Ethics, Law and the Common Good for three simple reasons. First, the topics we cover all center on public life. Second, we approach these topics using methods of discourse that are inherently public, open and accessible to all fellow citizens. Third, we contend that at the heart of our public debates are ethical questions - questions about good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust. As to our approach, we rely on neither revelation, emotivism, nor majoritarianism. Rather we aim to address these questions rationally through critical reflection on man's nature, his personal and communal flourishing, and the ethical principles that should guide his conduct.

Aristotle taught that the central question of political life is how we ought to order our lives together. This is an inherently ethical question. Whatever the pressing question of the day may be - debates surrounding economic policy, biotechnology, international relations, marriage and the family, constitutional law and religious liberty - they all entail ethical positions. . . .

Posted by Rick Garnett on October 15, 2008 at 11:46 PM in Blogging | Permalink


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