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re: doctoral project help [Feb. 1st, 2006|06:44 pm]
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Hello Everyone,

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I apologize for soliciting... I know that this site is not supposed to be for psychology postings...I'm looking for a wide sample from the population.

For those of you who participate... I thank you in advance for your help.
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buddhist philosophy [Jun. 14th, 2005|01:20 am]
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can anyone suggest philosophy programs that focus on non-western philosophy? specifically, i'm interested in studying mahayana buddhist philosophy, but any place that deals with asian and/or other non-western traditions would be good.
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Non-voters, voting, democracy, and anarchism [Sep. 17th, 2004|06:25 pm]
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All non-votes by eligible voters in a presidential election should count as votes against the idea of presidency and state.

I just formulated this 'theory.' I'm not sure if someone else has come up with it before; if they have, then I wasn't aware of it (I admit I haven't read all the major works in political philosophy, so excuse my ignorance if someone has already come up with that idea). I think it's a good idea. It would also solve voter 'apathy', and it would establish REAL democracy. Deciding on whether or not the people want a state.


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Thoughts? [Jul. 30th, 2004|10:12 pm]
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Debate: Is it possible to have absolute equality (/equal opportunity)? Why or why not?

My argument: It's not possible to achieve it. Since there are differences (big or small) in most aspects of people's background, lives, and society. Where there are differences, equality is impossible to achieve. If we attempt to achieve it, it will be at the expense of another group, which would essentially mean that it's an infinite loop. Achieving equality through inequality results in more inequality.. You could always get a certain group to be closer to being equal to another one, but I doubt that you can do it without bringing the other side a bit down on the scale in the process. Of course, you could always argue that well, it doesn't matter if the other side loses a bit of something, that's not inequality, because in the end they're going to be closer to equality, but when talking about equality, we should always consider fairness as well. Not to mention, one could always argue that while it's the right (or accepted as a fact) of the minority party that's seeking equality to either stay PUT in its position or go UP on the scale (rather than go DOWN), the other party might be moving DOWN the scale to bring the two closer. Which means that the two parties are not being given the SAME rights, because there are double standards. And where there are double standards, there can be no real equality, or at least not a step closer to equality than before. The argument that the rich have not acquired their wealth by fair means and therefore it's only fair that they're brought down to the same level as those seeking equality is irrelevant. Just because they haven't acquired their wealth fairly doesn't mean we have the right to be unfair to them. Each situation should be judged separately. It is not fair to take them down to level zero, just because others couldn't acquire their wealth the same way. Because we're not starting from point zero anyway (i.e the development of minorities and wealthy groups). So taking them down all the way back to 0 is not fair.

Related readings: Rawls
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Welcome [Jul. 26th, 2004|10:52 pm]
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Welcome to the Philosophy Graduate Students community. My name is Dan, and I'm a prospective grad student in philosophy. I will be posting philosophical excerpts and articles here from time to time. Feel free to add your own observations, etc. You could also ask any questions you might have about philosophy in general, grad school, applying, research, and so on.
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