Broadly speaking, there are three kinds of philosophy:
I'm going to dismiss those first two kinds of philosophy in Topics 1 and 2 below. They're critically important but not really complex enough to be worth much attention.
I've also got a few modest proposals on specific ways we can improve the operation of our political system.
Before there's any point to discussing politics, we need to establish a philosophical foundation. This part deals with observer-independent philosophy: logic and metaphysics. Pay attention, there'll be a quiz on this stuff later.
This topic deals with single-person philosophy: epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics.
Ah, good, finally the subject at hand. Politics is philosophy for two or more people. In a sense, politics is a subset of ethics. Everything unethical is politically unacceptable as well... but some ethical acts are impolite, too. How do we know how to behave ethically and politically?
I know, I know, this is one of those ideas that seems evil on the face of it. Well, all national identity cards are not created equal. If we impose some basic requirements on the concept to protect our essential liberty, we get something that might actually be good for us.
Hey, you never know... I've heard religion is important to some people. Seems pretty straightforward to me. Maybe someday I'll spend a few minutes and explain it to you.
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