Our brand new Executive Editor, Santiago Ramos, joins Shadi and Damir to discuss his first-ever essay for Wisdom of Crowds, “Empathy for the Devil.” The essay is about the need for cognitive empathy in politics. But Damir wants to discuss something slightly different: Whether “the Good,” as a category, is something real, out in the world, or whether it is completely contingent on tribal allegiances. Santiago comes to the Good’s defense, and Shadi joins him in a good cop/also good cop situation.
Required Reading & Listening:
Santiago’s debut Wisdom of Crowds essay, “Empathy for the Devil”
Robert Wright’s Nonzero Newsletter
The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and the Margarita
Maurice Blondel, in the International Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Amy Winehouse, “You Know I’m No Good”
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