What is this blog about?

What is this blog about?

I am a political philosopher. My 'political philosophy' is a form of 'liberal egalitarianism.' So in this blog I reflect on various issues in political philosophy and politics (especially Canadian and American politics) from a liberal egalitarian perspective.

If you are curious about what I mean by 'liberal egalitarianism,' my views are strongly influenced by the conception of justice advanced by John Rawls. (So I sometimes refer to myself as a 'Rawlsian,' even though I disagree with Rawls on some matters.)

Astonishingly, I am paid to write and teach moral and political philosophy. I somehow manage to do this despite my akratic nature. Here is my faculty profile.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Rawls on the bombing of Hiroshima

Seventy years ago today the United States dropped the uranium atomic bomb ‘Little Boy’ on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  Three days later the plutonium bomb ‘Fat Man’ was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

Twenty years ago the political philosopher John Rawls wrote a piece for Dissent magazine, “50 Years After Hiroshima,” in which he argued that “both the fire-bombing of Japanese cities beginning in the spring of 1945 and the later atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 were very great wrongs, and rightly seen as such.”

Here is the full piece.

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