Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Religion within the limits of the Civic

Posted Sep 17, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

At first glance one significant difference between the religious and the civic is religion is concerned with the sacred and the civic with the profane or the common.  If that were the whole story, then obviously, we should put the civic within the limits of religion, as some nation-states and fundamentalist groups seem to do.  The mistake here is that people of this persuasion seem blind to the fact that any understanding of the sacred (even theirs) is a human understanding.  All talk about an “unlimited god” is human talk, and therefore limited by what humans can know from their perspective.  The question that needs an answer, therefore, is how we should understand our human perspective on religion.  I want to suggest that we understand it as a civic perspective.  Then we can think about religion within the limits of the civic.

Is the Biosphere Priceless?

Posted Apr 19, 2010 by Darilyn Kotzenberg in Uncategorized, 28 Comments

The German nineteenth century philosopher, Immanuel Kant, wrote that there are two kinds of things: things that have a price and those that have a dignity.  For Kant, only human beings have a dignity because they alone have autonomy.  I would like to suggest that we should add to Kant’s list of those things that have a dignity the biosphere in which we live, or to say it in other words, the biosphere is priceless.

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

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