Brad DeLong, in a spate of bloggy nostalgia, reposts an old reference to something I wrote back in 2005, a bit of a thumbsucker on hedonistic and preference utilitarianisms, and the pitfalls of conflating them. I’d actually forgotten about the argument—though I soon remembered that I’d been delighted and flattered to find that it attracted a comment from T.M. Scanlon, whose book What We Owe to Each Other had exerted a profound influence on my moral thinking. (Given my substantive commitments, this may or may not be a source of horror to Prof. Scanlon.) Anyway, I found myself feeling a pang of regret that I don’t much do posts like that anymore. Since I now have a job that encourages me to spend long stretches reading and thinking if necessary, as opposed to obsessively following the news cycle and filing a thousand words or so every day, I figure it might behoove me to try and do a few of those every now and again. Watch for thoughts once I get through Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice.
October 2nd, 2009 · 9 Comments