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Week 3 April 15th Lecture Notes

by: Neelam Aziz

Week 3 April 15th Lecture Notes PHIL002

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Contemporary Moral Issues
D. Ehrlich
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Neelam Aziz on Sunday April 17, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHIL002 at University of California Riverside taught by D. Ehrlich in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 70 views. For similar materials see Contemporary Moral Issues in PHIL-Philosophy at University of California Riverside.


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Date Created: 04/17/16
Culture of Collective Entitlement (I)  Steele: minority advocacy groups as “grievance culture” (55-6) o What does he mean by grievance culture?  Defined by feeling bad for themselves  Playing the victim  Pity party  Complaining  What’s bringing everyone together is being victimized o Regard themselves as having special moral authority rooted in the urgency of the injustices being committed against them? o What is moral authority?  Your place to say what is right and wrong when it concerns you  If you’ve been wronged, then you have the right to make certain types of demands  Authority of oppressed (or legitimate spokespersons for the same) to make certain demands on the oppressor? o New Sovereignty  What does Sovereignty mean?  When you have absolute and independent authority  Implicit comparison to an “old sovereignty” of white males in Jim Crow and antebellum America  These groups are constantly looking for ways that they are singled out from everyone else and how they are being targeted.  Illegitimate sovereignty:  Authority is not grounded properly when grounded in arbitrary characteristics like race, gender or sexual orientation Culture of Collective Entitlement (II) Grievance culture justified by urgent need to fight injustice:  Leads to a need to perpetuate sense of grievance  This results in the adoption of identities (ways of understanding who we are) organized primarily around historical grievances and a sense of victimhood. o These people always feel targeted, always make themselves look as if they are being pointed out or singled out o Activist groups may not be educated and using their anger to fix problems from the past instead of solving the problems that’s will make things equal for everyone.  Need to perpetuate sense of grievance may overtake foal of bettering the group the organizations is supposed to represent  Need to perpetuate sense of grievance makes it beneficial to pursue unnecessarily divisive agendas: why? o Police officers feel targeted because of the shooting of a black man which interferes with their job.  Question: What evidence foes Steele offer in favor of his claims about so-called “grievance culture”? o 1989 NAACP convention (p.56) o He really doesn’t provide any evidence to back up his claims o He has a few evidence but he does not elaborate on it which is a problem. 2


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