Sunday, October 16, 2011

Harcourt on “Political Disobedience” & Gutting on Corporations

Gary Gutting, Notre Dame professor of philosophy, has an interesting piece on the dangers of corporations over at the New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone. Gutting argues that while corporations are not inherently evil, they clearly do not have any fundamental reason to act in a way that coincides with human interests and values.

Bernard Harcourt, professor of law at the University of Chicago, also has an interesting piece over at the The Stone. Harcourt argues that the Movement's refusal to state an ideological agenda, or designate leaders/spokesperson is an instance of what he calls “Political Disobedience,” a deliberate, reflective refusal to participate, or think, in terms of inherited political ideologies.

What do our readers think of their arguments?


  1. This is a great idea. Can I also suggest you link to, so that people can link to all 1,347 (and counting) occupations?

  2. I have done so...thanks for the pointer.

  3. Can I also suggest you link to the "Philosophers in Solidarity with the Occupy Movement" Petition at:


  4. N.J. you can! and I will put a link up on the right side-bar.