Reflections on the Logic of the Good

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Two Concepts
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A River Went
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Chana Cox's writings express her personal views and do not represent any official position or policy of Lewis & Clark College.

Reflections on the Logic of the Good

The failure of revolutionary utopian experiments is often blamed on a lack of commitment, courage, or self-sacrifice. This book shows that such failures are inevitable irrespective of particular theories of human nature. These societies must fail, in part because no single overarching theory of the good is either possible or desirable. And these societies must fail, in part, because social systems are adaptive systems. The mathematics of adaptive systems is entirely general and does not distinguish between mechanical, electronic, biological, or social systems. In complex adaptive systems, multiple automatic control mechanisms are essential to survival and any single central plan, no matter how benevolent, rational or enlightened that single source of control, will fail.

The stability and the health of human communities must be achieved by checks and balances, agonists and antagonists, forces and counter-forces, and multiple decision makers rather than by central guidance and near perfect cooperation.

Reflections on the Logic of the Good provides a powerful metaphysical and philosophical foundation for those who argue against the micromanagement of the individual, the economy, and the society. What emerges from this analysis is a non-relativistic ethical pluralism, an entirely general invisible hand theory, and a defense of the open mind, the open society, and the open universe.

"Reflections on the Logic of the Good takes a new and lucid approach to the various disputes between advocates of freedom and free choice against those who wage holy wars of any kind, in the service of some supreme ideal. Taking Plato's Republic as her starting point, Chana B. Cox shows, in a discussion free of relativism, that Platonically influences approaches to truth and values are logically inconsistent and unsustainable."
Oded Balaban, University of Haifa

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