Oh how I love the comments to this article by Jeff McMahan, an accomplished and well-respected ethicist at Rutgers. They remind me so how not atypical my undergraduates are. (Say what? Yes, you read that correctly.) Here are some gems. Maybe on Monday I’ll actually address the content of the article:
Joe: “this is incredibly flawed, the world of animals and all organisms are only able to survive because of such brutal competition, if there was nothing to fight for, what would it be worth?”
The other guy: “I came away with the same feeling as when I first read Zeno’s “dichotomy paradox” in college, That is, “What was he smoking?” That was also the time in my sophomore year where I swore the stuff off.”
Erika: “The argument you present is offensive.”
Socrates: “Horrifying article.”
into the fire: “Unbelievable, but alas not surprising, that this could be written by someone paid to profess at Rutgers or Princeton.”
Peter: “Mr. McMahan is right to expect to be vilified when intelligent people see his article. It is the height of ignorance.”
Vance: “The amount of large words does not counter the fact that these arguments are from a child’s mind.”
Linda: “This is an astounding example of ivory tower thinking that is totally out of touch with the real world.”
They go on, dear readers! I’m only on page two. Love, love the comments. So wonderful.
Philosophers are crrr-azy!