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Tagged With: utilitarianism

Helpful, Not Useful

I recently had a brief exchange with Joel (7) that provided an opportunity to talk about dignity (and hint at the personalistic norm). Joel had done some favor for me, and I had thanked him. The rest of the exchange went as follows. Joel: “I like being useful!” Me: “Helpful, not useful.” Joel: “Huh?” Me: … Continue reading »

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Dignity vs. Utility

I’m as wowed by Susan Boyle as anyone, and I wish her continued success in the talent competition, but I’ve been bothered by thoughts similar to those that prompted Dennis Palumbo to ask, “What if Susan Boyle Couldn’t Sing?”

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