Allow me to be the Devil: Ethical reflections on foreigner problems

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The purpose of this article is to question the term equality as a basis for law
enforcement and the mechanism of justice of our current democracy(ies). For being an investigation with a specific focus related to ethical issues within the European Community EU, that is, within the country where the European Commission itself is located, Belgium, I bring a case study for the evaluation of this problem as exposed by Zenon Bankowski (2003) in his article Law, Love and Computers. Thereby, for the case to be better exposed, I bring to the fore my own academic situation as a foreign student in a Belgian university, VUB, Campus Etterbeek, in the department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences. I initially justify my own case study to find out whether the practical application of the concept of equality actually matches its definition. Being aware that at any moment am I a passive character of this case study, my reflections start from the methodological bases, whose multinatural (VIVEIROS DE CASTRO, 2014), analytical-critical (BENJAMIN, 1996) and anthropo-philosophical procedures (FOUCAULT, 1972) and (DERRIDA, 1992) aim to show which (s) is in fact the situation (s) as a means of understanding equality as a moral issue in the Belgian context. In the course of what will be exposed in this case study, I will present the way the events, taken as problematic and assuming an ethical and moral nature, occurred. My justification for taking an internal look at the institution of which I am an active participant as a doctoral student, is also structured in the discussion presented by Lars Svendsen (2011) specifically in the work Philosophy of Evil, in which the author develops four concepts regarding evil and the way morality should be thought once facing these concepts. Which are: Demonic evil; Instrumental Evil; Idealistic evil and Stupid evil. Such concepts are considered as valid questionings regarding what is presented by Freeman (1978) and MacKinnon (1989). After all, in the current moral reflections that must be debated, and for I being a foreigner in the Belgian context, expressing my situation in the light of the reflections of the aforementioned theorists, comes to be more than necessary, to adopt, as fair as possible, a dialogical way of thinking about Ethics and Society. Thus, I think that “positive discrimination” and the “practical operationalization of positive discrimination” are only aspects of an ethical-moral evil that must be investigated.
Originele taal-2English
StatusPublished - mei 2021

Bibliografische nota

WARNING!!! Welcome to all of you who will read this paper. Before you read it is important that you know this description. The last 5th May was an important day for the institution because it opened a virtual debate about the differences that coexist among us human beings. My proposal here is not to discredit the VUB, the Belgian society and even less the European Commission. So please read this article that I present as a contribution to this debate with great care and attention. This paper was my attempt to respond to a call for scientific articles discussing positive discrimination, or positive action in a journal that is discussing ethics and society in a Belgian context. Unfortunately, the paper was refused because I cannot speak Dutch. Probably there must be some mistakes of mine in English or even I did not attend the discussion properly. Thank you very much for your attention. Be safe!


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