Readings for Missing Socrates

  • What is a corporation?           
    • Corporations are persons under U,S, law.
  • Corporations in the economic market:
    • Employment and infrastructure development
    • Development of products and brands
      • Primary tools:
        • Invention/product development
        • Sales network
        • Advertising (happy people, blue skies, desired results)
          • Real or Imagined benefits (e.g., Prevegin)
          • Brand Loyalty (Coke, Bud Light)
          • Persuasive attractiveness (Hollywood stars, influencers)
          • Substitute for/replace individual or expert judgment
    • Take-overs and hedge funds (creative destruction)
  • Corporations in the Political Market
    • Profit vs Law
    • Profit vs. Social Consciousness or Ethics
      • Is there such a thing as a corporate social consciousness or ethics?
      • Does profit have a social consciousness? 
      • Who wants corporations to have a social consciousness?
        • Investors?
        • Politicians?
        • Public?
        • Beyond requirements of law, who would decide the ethics of a corporation? (Bud Light)
    • Funding Sources, public and private
    • Lobbying
  • Corporations in Social Media
    • Free Speech
    • Access to Media/Control of Media (Elon Musk, Rupert Murdock, owners of corporations)
    • Manipulation through feeds (you see what AI thinks you want to see)
    • Role of Competence in People

August 2 Readings Violence and the Common Good

What is violence? Physical? Psychological? Political? Mob? Sexual?

What is the definition of violence? 

Violence, an act of physical force that causes or is intended to cause harm. The damage inflicted by violence may be physical, psychological, or both. Violence may be distinguished from aggression, a more general type of hostile behaviour that may be physical, verbal, or passive in nature. Jun 29, 2023 Britannica › topic › violence 

The World Health Organization’s definition of violence as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened[2] or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.”[3]Krug et al., “World report on violence and health”Archived 2015-08-22 at the Wayback MachineWorld Health Organization, 2002. 

Is the Britannica definition right? Is the distinction between violence and aggression right?  Is there a difference between the Britannica definition and the WHO definition? Does violence have to be an act, or can it be a threat?

Does the idea of a common good forbid violence? Why? How? 

Does the idea of a common good encourage violence? Why? How? 

Is majority rule a form of violence? Are minorities always or sometimes victims? Is the rule of law violent? 

Is nature violent?

Does nature’s violence justify human violence? 

July Readings for “My” Version of Truth  

Keep in mind the earlier discussion of Aristotle’s epistemology. 

But for this coming discussion: Plato: Republic:Divided Line and Myth of the Cave, 509d-518d             

Phaedrus: Soul: Allegory of the Chariot 246a-246c  

Texts are available on the web, provided by Project Gutenburg. But I will describe and summarize them when we get together.