Philosophy

Notes from Harvard university lecture: Justice: What's the right thing to do

  • Philosophy teaches us and unsettles us by confronting us with what we already know. There is an irony - it teaches us what we already know. It works by taking what we know from familiar unquestioned settings and making it strange.

  • Philosophy estranges us from the familiar, not by supplying new information but by inviting and provoking a new way of seeing.

  • Here is the risk: once the familiar turns strange, it is never quite the same again. Self-knowledge is like lost innocence. However unsettling you find it, it can never be unthought or unknown.

  • Philosophy is a distancing, even debilitating activity.

  • Philosophy distances us from conventions from established assumptions and from settled beliefs.

  • Moral Reasoning

    • Consequentialist - Locates morality in the consequences of an act

    • Categorical - Locates morality in certain duties and rights

Political Philosophy

Time

Newtonian Absolutism

It is a view that time is a kind of container for events.

Relevant note in wikipedia

Kantean idealism

As per Kant, time is a condition of thoughts.