JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY – THE EXISTENTIALIST PHILOSOPHER

JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY – THE EXISTENTIALIST PHILOSOPHER

The retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court by a president Reagan.  Kennedy was supposed to be a conservative judge appointed by a Republican president.  History tells us that it didn’t work exactly this way.  Justice Kennedy turned out to be a swing vote that sided with the liberal wing in the court.  Some court observes dubbed him as a “neo-liberal”.

There are no more liberal voices in philosophy and the social movements in society than the Existentialists who flowered in France and Europe in the mid-20th century. The loudest banner carrier among them was Jean-Paul Sartre.

In his opinion on the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey Justice Kennedy wrote about freedom:

“The right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life…”

For all I know, it is the best concise definition of existentialism I ever read.

On the question of personal liberty Justice Kennedy stated:

“Indifference to personal liberty is but the precursor of the state’s hostility to it.”

 

 

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About Mandy Lender

Mandy Lender, MD is an author, physician, public speaker, volunteer and adventurer. He published two books and two more books are in progress. Links: www.mandylender.com www.google.com/+MandyLenderMasterAttractor www.karkinosfarm.com www.visionofhabakkuk.com
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