What is Justice?

Saturday, 27 June 2009

judge-wigKANT’S Categorical Imperative suggests that there is a morality based on duty. Duty is a morality that must be obeyed or else we become savages.

When I “did” Kant at university, it was explained to me that people sentenced to prison or death would have to be imprisoned or killed — even if the world was suddenly about to end! The law is the law regardless.

Kant tended to be used as the opposition to “Utilitarianism” — the philosophy that underpins the law of the United Kingdom.

Utilitarianism very much depends on Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Bicycles Are An Anomaly

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

[Picture of a bicycle lane]THE UK’s traffic and transport system is not cohesive and makes no sense.  I aim to show here that bicycles are neither understood nor taken seriously, and that their primary role is merely as a blunt weapon — mainly against the car. The car is the target of hatred by many for all sorts of reasons, even though it is extremely popular (see Why The Car is Best).

Public transport these days tends to be in the hands of private companies, and while there are calls for improved services, the government has already taken action. Very expensive action. This action has two effects: it targets cars and it appears to promote bicycles! (see How To Stop Traffic Jams & Save Lives). Read the rest of this entry »