Pinky Promise

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I’m scrambling to get summer festival stuff sorted out and am (somewhat superficially) reminded of Arendt’s conception of public promise.  By signing and returning an acceptance form to a summer program, I believe I am making a public commitment to attend the program.  Once I have made this promise, I am compelled to keep it — not out of self-interest — but due to the public nature of the promise (if this sounds vague it is because my understanding of this part of the argument is vague).  Of course, if this were true, summer programs would not require me to deposit $250, refundable only if I follow through with said promise.  I think that the summer programs have learned that, without selfish incentive, its applicants will not consistently keep promises they have made.

With Love,
Miles Cole

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