All entries for Sunday 02 May 2010
May 02, 2010
Well, this is all proving very interesting and things are heating up nicely. With just over 3 voting days to go to elect an alternative Cabinet of Philosopher-Rulers, over 100 different philosophers have been nominated and the race is on for the key posts. Mill is still in the lead for PM, with Spinoza, Hayek, Aristotle, Bentham, Bernard Williams and Sue James also in the running. Socrates leads for education and Hypatia for Science (with David Armstrong not far behind). Hume and Hobbes are battling it out for Home Secretary, with Sorell and Parfitt also in the mix, and there's a classic tussle between hawks and doves in Defence, with both Clausewitz and Russell in close contention. Rawls and Locke are both showing strongly for Attorney General, though Philippa Foot is making a late run. Amartya Sen is a possible for Chancellor, Zizek, Benjamin and Adorno for Culture. Adam Smith and Marx are in a hard-fought battle for Business and Industry. Bookchin looks promising for Environment and Zeno - of course - leads for Transport. The earliest philosopher nominated is Heraclitus, and current philosophers include Sen, Zizek, Chomsky, Dworkin, Walzer, Tom Sorell, Raimond Gaita, Tim Williamson, Sue James, David Armstrong, Onora O'Neill, Philippa Foot, Martha Nussbaum, Joan Tronto, Judith Butler and Seyla Benhabib.
So do keep continuing to post your nominations - either on the blog or on Twitter using the hashtag #voteplato. Voting closes on May 5th and the results will be announced on Election Day.
And then I'm off to take part in the Philosophers' Football Match on May 9th www.philosophersfootball.com Wish me luck and PLEASE tell me the offside rule ...