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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Justice, the 4th lecture

Harvard philosophy professor Michael Sandel’s fourth lecture in his popular course on Justice is out. In the last lecture he and the class discussed libertarianism ... this week, the first part of class is devoted to John Locke and his belief that individuals have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, given to us in the the state of nature, from God, and appreciable through reason ... the second half discusses why Locke believed those rights aren't harmed by the paying of taxes, due to acceptance of the social contract (so there, libertarians!). Also brought up at the end of the lecture - the question of whether Locke's views of property and consent were influenced by his investment in the English colonization of America.

Here's the video -


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