La Trahison des Clercs

“But the most remarkable thing about the modern ‘clerk’ is his desire to bring political passion into his work, is that he has done so in philosophy, more precisely, in metaphysics. Among all forms of spiritual labor metaphysics best deserved the admirable tribute which a mathematician rendered the theory of numbers above all branches of … More La Trahison des Clercs

THE IDEAL by G.E. Moore

“Those idealistic philosophers, whose views agree most closely with those here advocated, in that they deny pleasure to the sole good and regard what is completely good as having some complexity, have usually represented a purely spiritual state of existence as the Ideal. Regarding matter as essentially imperfect, if not positively evil, they have concluded … More THE IDEAL by G.E. Moore

G.E. Moore’s insights

The following quotation is extracted from Principia Ethica (1903), Chapter III: “Accordingly a consideration of Mill’s view that some pleasures are superior to others in quality brings out one point which may ‘help to determine the intellect’ with regard to the intuition “Pleasure is the only good”. For it brings out the fact that if you say ‘pleasure’, … More G.E. Moore’s insights

PRINCIPIA ETHICA

This philosophical classic, written by G.E. Moore, has revolutionized ethical studies, as well as influenced several generations of philosophers and scientists. When I first started reading Moore’s masterpiece, I found myself amazed by his mastering of dialectics. This book does, in fact, contain the most attracting beginning I’ve ever read. It starts as follows, “It … More PRINCIPIA ETHICA

A NOTE ON INEQUALITY

It is kind of fun, yet sad at the same time, that when fighting inequality developed countries and international organizations promote inequality itself. One may argue that the underlying reason is vested interests. In fact, rich countries prefer to help as many countries as possible rather than as many poor people as possible. It makes … More A NOTE ON INEQUALITY

Perspective.

Excerpt from The Great Escape, by Angus Deaton, “Health and wealth are two of the most important components of wellbeing, and (…) go together. People who suffer deprivation in terms of material living standards -such as much of the population of sub-Saharan Africa- are generally also the people who suffer deprivation in terms of health; … More Perspective.

INFLACION, POR J. M. KEYNES

El siguiente texto es un extracto de Las Consecuencias Económicas de la Paz (1919), Capítulo VI, “Europa después del tratado”: “Se dice que Lenin ha declarado que el medio mejor para destruir el sistema capitalista es viciar la circulación. Con un proceso continuado de inflación, los gobiernos pueden confiscar, secreta e inadvertidamente, una parte importante de … More INFLACION, POR J. M. KEYNES