Saturday, May 20, 2017

What is Language? (A Short Review of Hermeneutics)

What is language? Let us begin with this simple but difficult question. It is perhaps one of the most important questions ever asked in the history of Western philosophy. It is an investigation that opens a whole gamut of issues anchored in Being as such. The question, I suppose, is the equivalent of the ultimate metaphysical problem out there – what is being

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Iris Marion Young's "Justice and the Politics of Difference"

(Keynote 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. Instead, it will attempt to refine the procedural 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’, by taking into account the reality of unfair ‘positional differences’ in society.[2]