Leonard Harris on Insurrectionist Ethics

Alain Locke Society founder Leonard Harris presents a talk on Insurrectionist Ethics. Synopsis 1. Classical pragmatism’s instrumentalism and consequentialism is rejected: it cannot justify slave insurrections and require that slaves reject the condition of self-deprecation. 2. Classical virtues are expanded beyond virtues of benevolence and piety to include self-confidence and tenacity. 3. People who are the least well off, collectively, are agents of human liberation - representative heuristics and its ontology allows the support of group agency, given that such thinking is sometimes misleading. Classical pragmatism cannot warrant a special place to the interest and agency of workers, slaves, etc. as agents of liberation. The ethics of insurrection can warrant a special … [Read more...]