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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 220
In the News... / Gary BauslaughSocial distancing, masks, vaccines, control of the pandemic, saving lives – these are all for chumps. The important thing is my personal freedom from government interference in my life. Next, let’s go after driving laws that insist, for example, that we stop for red lights. And why should we be...
Editorial: When Principles are in Conflict / Gary BauslaughSimply “acting on principle” is not good enough. Simply demanding “freedom” is not good enough. It is not even good.
A Few Quotes on FREEDOM / Gary BauslaughFreedom, generally, is having the ability to act or change without constraint. Something is "free" if it can change easily and is not constrained in its present state. ~Wikipedia, June 2021
Thinking Free Will is Important / Trudy Govier. . . freedom is not the only value …There are other values: life; wellbeing; health, compassion, fairness, justice, equity, truth, consistency….Which values should prevail?
Freedom and Civic Responsibility / Janet KeepingIs it our civic responsibility to get vaccinated? Is it true that, as is often claimed, that vaccine mandates are unconstitutional? Does the arc of the moral universe bend toward justice?
On Hobbes, Virtue Ethics, and Liberty / Ian JohnstonThomas Hobbes revolutionized our thinking about politics by challenging the long tradition of virtue politics and by offering a new blueprint for the modern state.
Free Will and Neuroscience / Dale BeyersteinNeuroscientific experiments seem to provide evidence that questions long held beliefs in free will. Dale Beyerstein argues against this interpretation of the experimental results .
Vaccination and the Freedom to Choose / Katharine BrowneWhat is the argument against vaccine mandates? Katharine Browne argues that right to bodily autonomy trumps, in this case at least, concern for public safety.
Canoe Trip—the Freedom of Self Reliance / Terry RapochTerry Rapoch remembers the exhilarating freedom he felt as a young man on a wilderness trip - the freedom that comes from a recognition of his own abilities to survive. Then the constraints of urban life close in upon him.
The Rights of Trees / Carol MatthewsHow can we better protect our precious forests? Carol Matthew writes about the importance of our ancient trees and questions our right to cut them down. She tells about the “Wildwood Ecoforest” on Vancouver Island, one man’s attempt to preserve old forests.
Freedom, High-day. High-day, Freedom! The Idea of Freedom in Shakespeare’s The Tempest / Gwyneth EvansWhile many characters yearn for freedom from obedience to authority, and from obligations and the needs of others, in The Tempest freedom must be earned and deserved, and involves acceptance of responsibility.
Letters to the Editor-220 / Gary BauslaughLetters to the Editor, feedback to Humanist Perspectives
Humanist Perspectives Short Submission Contest 220 / HPWe invite you to share your humanist views with us in a paragraph or two (MAX 1000 chars) on one of the following subjects reflected by these 3 images.