Archive | 03/08/2011

Enlightened Self-Interest


Posted on August 2, 2011 by Faisal Bari Also on the blog: http://pakistanpolicyideas.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/enlightened-self-interest/Dr Faisal Bari The argument for enlightened self-interest is about the public good and positive externality expected from having an educated populace and citizenry. This public mindedness is definitely and quite significantly missing in Pakistan Last week, I mentioned that at a recent gathering, some politicians […]

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Are Your Political Opponents Crazy? – NYTimes.com


From the ‘stone’ in NYT.  Gary Gutting uses the distinction between Sophia and Phronesis to tell us when to call our ‘political opponent crazy.’ My point can also be helpfully expressed in some terminology due to Aristotle. Sophia (roughly, theoretical knowledge), he says, grasps universal truths, whereas phronesis (roughly, good practical judgment) is required to properly […]

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