What Is Consent?

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Here is my latest on consent:

Music Credits:
Give It to Me Baby, Rick James; and Fire, Ohio Players.

For more information about first and second order desires, there is Frankfurt’s piece Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person and David Lewis’s piece on dispositonal theories of value, but normally I associate second order desires with alcoholics wanting to stop and other instances of people reflecting on their own desires. It was Steven Smith’s book on Hegel that got me thinking in terms of second order desires as being claims on other people’s desire, and how second order desires bring us to think of desire satisfaction as a problem for political freedom.

On pg. 117, Smith takes the desire for recognition as a second order desire, a desire about how we want to be seen. It’s a desire about other people’s comportment towards us, so if I want you to see me as a hot lover, the object of my desire is your desire for me. And when the object of a desire is a desire, the logic of its satisfaction is going to be different from when the object of a desire is something else, and in satisfying these second order desire, we have to talk about conditions of possibility, rather than force and cause. (I suspect HRC is feeling this frustration right now: she can’t force or cause me to want her.) That’s how second order desires take on a political valence. I’ve never seen them quite used like this, but I think this is right and a helpful way to talk about consent in a way that leans on contemporary literature.

I also mention Nancy Hirschmann’s book, The Subject of Liberty. It really is a lovely book for all of those interested in feminism, rational choice, and freedom.


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What Is Neoliberalism?

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Neoliberalism, featuring The O’Jays and Slave.

For more information about Neoliberalism, check out Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos and Edgework, Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics, and Bernard Harcourt’s The Illusion of Free Markets. I didn’t get to talk about the transnational aspects of neoliberalism where market principles rationalize eroding state-sovereignty and use debt to manage a new form of colonialism, but David Harvey and David Graeber have written extensively on the subject.

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What Is Freedom?

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Here it is:

I cover a lot of terrain in this video, but like the good doctor, Dr. Dre, said, “Things get funky when you add a subject and a predicate.”

Music Credits:
James Brown – Get Up
Uptown Funk Empire  – You’ve Got to Have Freedom
Most of this comes from Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right, Wood’s book “Hegel’s Ethical Theory,” and Richard Dien Winfield’s Hegel and the Future of Systematic Philosophy.

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What Are Discourses?

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For more information about the distinction between a discourse analyst and a philosopher, check out Hanna Pitkin’s Wittgenstein and Justice.  For a theoretical take on discourse analysis, check out Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge and Austin’s How To Do Things with Words.

I hope this helps!

What Are Discourses?

What Are Institutions?

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Veblen, Hegel, Maceo Parker,  and Lauryn Hill. That’s right, this episode is on institutions.

Music Credits:
Pass the Peas, Maceo Parker

Everything is Everything, Lauryn Hill

For more information about institutions as settled habits of thought and action, check out Thorstein Veblen’s The Place of Science in Modern Civilization, especially the chapters on the limits of marginal utility and the nature of capital.

For more on Hegel, check out the Elements of the Philosophy of Right, but it’s a bit of a job to get through without prior familiarity with Hegel. Lydia Moland just came out with a nice book that sketches the points you need for the video’s argument called, “Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism.”

What Is Structural Injustice? (3:37)

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What’s structural injustice, how does it differ from conventional notions of injustice, and when was the last time you heard MC Breed? Check out our latest video!

For more information on the arguments, check out Iris Marion Young’s Responsibility for Justice.

Music Credits:
Sam and Dave – Hold on
MC Breed & DFC – Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin’




What is Justice (2:59)

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Here is The Funky Academic’s first video, explaining Aristotelian justice to a dope beat. If you like what you see, find The Funky Academic on facebook or follow me on twitter.

If you have any questions about the intellectual content, send me a message at irami.oseifrimpong@gmail.com, or check out Book V of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Book I of his Politics.

Music credits:
The Pharcyde –  She Keeps on Passin’ Me by

Incredible Bongo Band – Apache