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About the guy who runs this blog

Mika LaVaque-Manty is Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He is a political theorist, and a philosopher by training. Much of political theory deals with so-called normative questions — what ought to be the case? what ought people to do? what ought institutions to look like? — but his work has mainly avoided those “ought” questions. He is much more interested in making sense of how others, including ordinary people on the street, think about such questions. Plato’s idea that philosophers should rule gives him the heebie-jeebies. (He’s seen too many philosophers who can’t tie their shoelaces, let alone rule others.)

So he thought it might be a good idea for someone not particularly interested in offering prescriptions in the “ought” department to create a blog focused on those very questions.

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