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October 3, 2009

Isiah Berlin, "The Question of Machiavelli"


In which it is shown that the ends justify the means:
If what Machiavelli believed is true, this undermines one major assumption of Western thought: namely, that somewhere in the past or the future, in this world or the next, in the church or the laboratory, in the speculations of the metaphysician or the findings of the social scientist or in the uncorrupted heart of the simple good man, there is to be found the final solution of the question of how men should live. If this is false (and if more than one equally valid answer to the question can be returned, then it is false) the idea of the sole true, objective, universal human ideal crumbles. The very search for it becomes not merely utopian in practice, but conceptually incoherent. -- The Question of Machiavelli - The New York Review of Books

Posted by Vanderleun at October 3, 2009 9:51 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Sounds definitive to me.

Posted by: compozor at October 4, 2009 5:39 PM

I have been working on such a cmnmuoity for over ten years. There are a lot of points to take into consideration from codes to insurance and 10,000 other things. However, at the core there has to be a cosmic glue that not only gives meaning to the cmnmuoity but also becomes the benchmark by which every decision is made.Once that becomes clear then all of the rest of the complications can be address one by one. This summer on my corner to corner odyssey of 14,000 miles on a motorcycle, i will be giving talks on building such a cmnmuoity that starts with women in prison and works into their re-entry into civil society. A huge part is getting their children back and an education. I will be talking in Denver on the 4th of September and if you set me up with an audience, i can go into it with a lot more detail. Look forward to hearing from you. do good and take care.

Posted by: Rakib at July 13, 2012 5:16 PM

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