March 22, 2015 New York Times Op-Ed columnist, writing in today's issue: "...[G]iven that one in six Americans qualifies for food stamps, it’s clear that there isn’t enough good work to go around... NONE of this is short term, but neither are the robots taking over tomorrow, and it’s safe to say that nearly all the humans on Earth 20 years from now would prefer an economic system that would guarantee a decent life, whether their 'rulers' are heartless robots or merely gazillionaires...[P]erhaps there’s time to reimagine society...It’s not as if this question hasn’t been well considered. There was Karl Marx, whose analysis was largely correct but whose reputation was soiled by the alternatives developed in his name." http://nyti.ms/1FNuRW7
Published in Φιλοσοφια: International
Journal of Philosophy 32:1 (2003), 101-105.
What does it mean to say that Philippine
society is in total crisis? In Alternative to a Dead God, the philosopher
Florentino Timbreza investigates this question. The work interprets
contemporary Filipino values. It analyzes how they have been shaped in part by
the “critique” of traditional Christianity from the standpoint of everyday life
of ordinary people. Finally, Timbreza “tests” the adequacy of philosophic
concepts drawn primarily from the wide-ranging works of the Frankfurt School
theoretician and socialist humanist Erich Fromm.