Daily Archives: August 6, 2013

Job in East Asian Philosophy

I am happy to be able to share the following job advertisement, from Colorado State University.

POSITION:                            Assistant Professor of Philosophy

QUALIFICATIONS:             AOS:  East Asian Philosophy.  AOC:  Open.  PhD in hand by August 16, 2014, publications or evidence of strong research and scholarly promise, relevant language competence in AOS, and evidence of excellence in teaching required.

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Meritocracy and Democracy

Meritocratic Ruists make two basic claims: first, that meritocracy is more historically faithful to Ruist tradition, and second, that it makes for a more effective government. In particular, it can avoid the problems of democracy, among which the ignorance and short-sightedness of voters are prominent. The claim goes that since voters generally understand the issues poorly and are unwilling to sacrifice their immediate interests for future gains, democracies make bad decisions. Without getting into whether these criticisms are accurate for the moment, I’m curious what people think of this line of argument against democracy. If it were true that democracy inevitably has such problems and there were good reason to think meritocracy would do better, would you support meritocracy?

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