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  1. Elucidations - Nietzsche on Morality

    Guest on Elucidations is Brian Leiter (audio), who makes quite the effort to explain Nietzsche and clarify the various meanings morality in this context receives. In Nietzsche, next to a morality in the pejorative sense, which Nietzsche opposes, there is also some elate morality, that is different and not negative in Nietzsche's view. And so, it is important to get the pejorative morality clear. In Leiter's view, Nietzsche was very much against Utilitarianism and against the morality in Kant.

    After the interview, I am not sure whether Leiter's interpretation of Nietzsche would be agreed upon by most authoritative readings of his work and I am far from being able to assess that, but Leiter does seem to emphasize that this interpretation is especially his. No matter what, Nietzsche's importance, so it seems to me, remains that he attacks the assumption of self-evidence in morality and forces us to think even the most obvious moral truisms through.

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  2. Capitalism and Confusion

    a lecture at Cornell University by Professor Amartya Sen titled: Capitalism and Confusion. In this lecture Sen tackles some of the misconceptions about capitalism that are common in the wider public, but for the critical audience should hold no great surprises. Of course socialism has not been definitively defeated by capitalism. Of course capitalism cannot easily be defined. And of course, the crudest ideas about total freedom for market forces are not even held by a capitalist icon such as Adam Smith.

    This is the first confusion that Sen addresses, but there is more confusion and more profound at that. Assuming that even Adam Smith accepted some level of government intervention in the market the confusion among capitalists as to how, when and to what extent becomes very compelling in the light of great global problems. Climate change, poverty, human rights and such are recognized by capitalists and are in need of effective address, but fail to get that address, even in capitalist theory.

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