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gary e. davis

September 27, 2015

This page is unchanged from over a year ago, except that I’ve added that graphic, which links to the appropriate news article. But I’m nearly ready to give promised and sustained attention to this project; so, I’m bringing it to attention again. [March 27, 2017: The website plan has been reconceived. This page is archival, but all of the links below {will} show on some other top-level page of the reconceived site.]

This applied-philosophical topic (in light of philosophical focus on “the” Good) has been substantially developed, but the complexity of background is at least as complex as the mission of the Clinton Foundation or the holistic challenge of UN Sustainable Development Goals. I’ll note progress at the “new in site” spot atop my home page.

Below are postings that I’ll weave into the development here. The postings aren’t comprehensive of what the project will basically be about. Autumn, 2013 and spring 2014, I happened to post on themes that are relevant.

The first item below, “global community,” isn’t yet written; that will happen soon.

How all of the current postings fit together isn’t obvious. In a few words: The notion of “global” is meant to be life-centered (re: life horizons), not strictly planetary. Yet, issues of scale in our values, priorities, concerns, etc. are basic to my sense of the notion of globality. (I recall Merleau-Ponty’s sense of globality relative to lifeworldliness.)

How might we best understand the distance between person and planet? Berkeley historian Theodore Roszak had that kind of question in mind way back in 1982, when he published Person/Planet (now outdated as book, but not outdated as “global” theme), and he later advocated notions of “ecopsychology” and healthy aging, before he died a few years ago.

Progressive politics is necessary to a continuum of health, as I’ve said recently: healthy lives, healthy regions, healthy nations, healthy planet.

A converse continuum includes matters of progressive policy and higher education (“cultivating humanity”) that makes a good sense of continuum integral to effective professional values, as if Our public sphere is essentially a matter of public health, broadly and deeply (philosophically) engaged in Our futurity.


global community | no date yet

pragmatism as progressive realism | March 2014

what works in social policy | April 2014

cultivating humanity | September 2013

public health policy and philosophy | August 2013

UN Development Goals




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