In some situations, society permits individual citizens to not fulfil otherwise binding requirements when the latter conflict with the individual’s deeply held ethical convictions. The classic example are pacifists who obtain an exemption from military service. I submit that an argument along these lines also applies to collective pension plans. Such plans need to offer their participants a minimal level of influence over their portfolios to be legitimate.
Category: Public Philosophy
The UK has been in the grip of a political crisis since 24 June, 2016 when the people voted to leave the European Union, ending an uneasy relationship lasting 43 years. PM David Cameron resigned the following morning, citing the need for new leadership to lead the country out of the EU. Since then, another PM, Theresa May, has resigned and her successor, current PM Boris Johnson, is nowhere nearer to solving the Brexit question than his predecessors. As the UK’s date of departure from the EU approaches, the sense of a political deadlock is palpable. In this post, I argue for the need to hold a second referendum on democratic grounds.
While Justice Everywhere takes a break over the summer, we recall from our archives some memorable posts from our 2018-2019 season.
Here are three good reads on issues relating to Public Philosophy that you may have missed or be interested to re-read:
- In “Dumbed down for the masses?” Public philosophy in different keys, and why it matters for justice, Lisa Herzog reflects on some of the challenges involved in writing for a broader audience.
- Tim Meijers and Ingrid Robeyns on Philosophical experiment about inequality: the authors report on an experiment they did to engage the public in a participatory “veil-of-ignorance” thought experiment.
- John Tillson’s post addresses the question: Why isn’t ethical approval required for television shows?
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