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Liberty and Sex on the Sidewalk

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Mill said that “… the sole end for which mankind are warranted … in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection”. Do you agree?

Image blatantly stolen from Books booksshouldbefree.com

Image blatantly stolen from Books booksshouldbefree.com

 

In this essay I shall argue in agreement with Mill but propose a modified liberalism in response to prevailing critiques.

Mill contends that every individual is entitled to liberty to the point where it infringes upon that of others.

It is worth noting that

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Beam Me Up, Jack Me In

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
What are the important differences between technological determinism and (technological) instrumentalism? Does either of these theories provide a convincing account of the role of technology in the modern world?
Picture completely unrelated, yet strangely enthralling. Provided courtesy of A Tribe Called Möw

Image utterly unrelated, yet strangely enthralling. Courtesy of A Tribe Called Möw.

Intention

The intention of this essay is to offer a contemplative description of each theory, whereafter an analytical comparison can be made in assessment of the advantages and disadvantages each contributes to the understanding of technology in the modern world. At last I shall posit my own personal suggestion as to how a synthesis of the advantages offered by both could be made.

 

What is technological instrumentalism?

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