Excerpt #26 — Charles Taylor on How the “We” for Whom The State Exists Cannot Be a Mere Aggregate

I expect to get back to the question of intention vs. impact soon, as I have two posts left before that series is completed. In the meantime, I have several posts that are nearly finished, and which I’ll release first — including this one, which is relevant to those intention-vs-impact entries. 

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The Burden of Unfinished Things

Things that are unfinished are like abandoned things in a number of respects; they accumulate, and occupy spaces that could be free for other items or projects; they can also become the house for an entire ecology of thoughts to grow –and self-development to occur– that might not be possible otherwise. They are unlike abandoned things insofar as there is still living intention to finish them, and insofar as they have not grown into disrepair.

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Identity Politics: Intersectionality

Here, a brief post concerning a TED talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw on Intersectionality.

I just delivered a paper at a conference here in Boston that took up all of the time I wasn’t devoting to my family or to my schooling, so I’ve been negligent with getting parts three & four of the “Impact vs. Intent” series out. In the meanwhile, something about intersectionality.

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Identity Politics: Impact versus Intent, 2.5 of 4

Continuing from the first half of Part 2.

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Identity Politics: Impact versus Intent, 2 of 4

This is about one way that many within the identity politics / social justice movement seem to shoot themselves in the foot, and that’s by championing the priority of impact over intent.

There will be four parts. This entry follows the first part (which opens with a proper introduction to this miniseries). Here, in the second part, some reflections from a panel featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah and Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”, not “hate”), among others, on the disconnection between the caring logic behind obliterating this distinction, on the one hand, and how very differently this obliteration is implemented with the purpose to punish, on the other hand (we’ll also look at a section from Haidt’s book, The Coddling of the American Mind).

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