Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Politics of Nation-Building

World War II did not only demolish the social, economic, and moral fabric of human society. It also erased man’s faith in reason itself. The rise of fascism and Nazism in modern day Europe meant that human beings no longer believed in reasonableness. Even the most learned have surrendered their destiny into the hands of a cruel despot and evil tyrant in Adolf Hitler who inflicted inhuman atrocities to the powerless. The Philippines is not unfamiliar with the ills of modern civilization. The country too has suffered under a ruthless regime.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

What is Language? (A Short Review of Hermeneutics)

Structuralism was influenced by the developments in the science of anthropology, which has made the novel attempt to study language objectively in the same manner as the human artifact in the field of cultural anthropology. Structuralism, whose origins can be traced to the works of Ferdinand de Saussure, was intended “to be a human science, imbued with the full rigor and objectivity of the natural sciences, just as Freud had intended psychoanalysis to be a science of the human psyche.” (Johnson 2002, 228)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Social Justice and the Politics of Difference

(Public Lecture, 5th Philosophers' Rally, Ateneo de Davao University, 2017)

The philosophical itinerary of this inquiry will not seek to offer an alternative theory of justice to that of Rawls. But instead, it will attempt to rework the requirements[1] in the Rawlsian starting point and reconstruct its normative content in order to include situated and historical contexts. It will revise the ahistorical nature of the Rawlsian ‘original position’, using the context of a ‘politics of difference’, taking into account the reality of unfair ‘positional differences’ in society.[2]