## Good Philosophy Discussions

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 20:00:37 -0300 (CLST)

Crooke Timber has a couple of good articles at the moment.  It was pretty
dead over the holidays and I guess people are posting things they've been
thinking long and hard about.

One is about the compatability of God and natural disasters like the
recent Tsunami - http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/003074.html

The other is related to Amartya Sen's fanous statement/observation that
("functioning") democracies don't have famines.  Sen is a famous economist
(won the Nobel Prize) and I think I've mentioned him here before.  The
argument is that it in a democracy the people in charge can always be
voted out of power if they annoy enough people.  So when the shit really
hits the fan, they know they have to do something, quick - but is that
really the case? - http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/003073.html

Andrew

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