JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY - THE EXISTENTIALIST PHILOSOPHER

July 15, 2018

JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY

- THE EXISTENTIALIST PHILOSOPHER

 

The retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court by president Reagan.  Kennedy was supposed to be a conservative judge appointed by a Republican president. History tells us, 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 have 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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