Are there any irreducibly social goods?

Friends,

DPS meeting
Are there goods that are irreducibly social?
Wednesday 4 May from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus

This Wednesday 4 May the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to thrash out the question of whether or not there are any irreducibly social goods. According to Charles Taylor, whose essay ‘Irreducibly social goods’ will form the basis of discussion, there are. Further, Taylor hopes, such goods undermine Schumpeter's view of democracy as an interest-accumulation procedure (which we discussed at the last meeting).

Taylor's essay is available online at http://deakinphilosophicalsociety.com/texts/taylor/irreducibly_social_goods.pdf [1MB].

Two things to note. Firstly, a piece of philosophical jargon you'll need to be familiar with: methodological individualism. See the first paragraph of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry for clarification. Secondly, for the time-poor, the Taylor gold begins on page 59.

We'll also discuss any last-minute arrangements before the big debate with the Christian Union next week.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
President, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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