Part 1: What are your thoughts on our assigned readings of this week? In general
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What are your thoughts on our assigned readings of this week? In general, what are the “causes and consequences of a society where most of the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few” (379) to quote Austin, our editor from his introduction to this chapter. And more specifically, what are your thoughts on Malthus’ thesis of overpopulation? What about Sanger and Gandhi? Menchú?
Our discussion will be based on the following readings: · Shantideva, “The Way of the Bodhisattva,” 449-455
· Bentham, “The Principle of Utility,” 463-468
· Buber, from “I and Thou,” 472-478
· Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” 479-486
· Adichie, from “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” 501-509
As our “Introduction” remarks, these writings are from very different cultures but “they keep coming back to the same questions, which reflect some of the core concerns of the human condition: ‘What does it mean to be good?'” and “‘What is the basis for moral decisions?’ and ‘What are our obligations to other people?'” (Austin 435). Let me know your thoughts on these “big” questions! Required Texts
Austin, Michael. Reading the World: Ideas that Matter. Norton. 4th ed.
Maalouf, Amin. In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong.