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by Londoner
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Are You A Garbled Relativist?
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Re: Are You A Garbled Relativist?

Ray Prebble argues that moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral. https://philosophynow.org/issues/124/Are_You_A_Garbled_Relativist A philosophical argument would have been welcome. Instead it was ad hominem - mostly ad hominem against a variety of straw men! - from start to finish. That is ...
by Londoner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Are You A Garbled Relativist?
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Re: Are You A Garbled Relativist?

Philosophy Now wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:01 pm
Ray Prebble argues that moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral.

https://philosophynow.org/issues/124/Ar ... Relativist
A philosophical argument would have been welcome. Instead it was ad hominem - mostly ad hominem against a variety of straw men! - from start to finish.
by Londoner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 98
Views: 1221

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

Londoner, I am surprised at your literalist attitude. I had thought that you were aware of the power and function of myth as significant identifiers of cultures. I do not think we should treat every pre-scientific idea of the way the world works as a 'myth'. Some of it is simply their best guess, g...
by Londoner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 98
Views: 1221

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

I don't think the idea of a virgin birth was so outlandish for an age when people had no idea about life at the level of cells. If you look very closely at sperm you will not see a tiny human, so the human cannot grow from the sperm. So the baby must originate in the mother, but need some sort of in...
by Londoner
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 98
Views: 1221

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

But there are naturalistic explanations of values. For instance human freedom is explained by reference to the criterion of the uniqueness of the individual. And this value was boosted by Romanticism and individualism which in their turn owe to the naturalistic historical perspective. I do not see ...
by Londoner
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 98
Views: 1221

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

mir•a•cle noun 1. a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency. I've got to somewhat disagree with 'Dictionary'. An event that was ' not explicable by natural or scientific laws' would suggest that ...
by Londoner
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What are the achievements of Logic?
Replies: 32
Views: 798

Re: What are the achievements of Logic?

Given that rigorous Logic applies to variable symbols that stand for any proposition what is to be defined in the elements of the statement that they stand for? Those propositions only have the property of being true of false. They also have to be distinct from the connectives, so they cannot thems...
by Londoner
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Is a good education discriminatory?
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Is a good education discriminatory?

There is no reason to assume getting top grades is a sign of overall merit. To think that it was would be to assume that an ability to pass certain types of exams on certain topics was a marker for overall superiority. The message of 'The Big Bang Theory' is one that everyone is familiar with from r...
by Londoner
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What are the achievements of Logic?
Replies: 32
Views: 798

Re: What are the achievements of Logic?

You haven't heard that all of mathematics is reducible to logic? I'm not in a position to argue the case, but I understood that this had been achieved by about the beginning of the 20th C, due to the efforts of Russell, Frege, Whitehead et al. On the contrary, they failed to do this. There were alw...
by Londoner
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Perfectionism & Hate Speech Law
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: Perfectionism & Hate Speech Law

Actually, most universities are publicly owned and, consequently, committed to a diversity of opinions. Of course, this is changing as universities become more and more under the influence of corporate funding. Privately run universities, of course, are lost to whatever ideological control they wan...
by Londoner
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Can someone explain this to me?
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Can someone explain this to me?

But for Trixie's benefit, we should say that the 'Brain in a Vat' idea is nothing to do with relative morality.
by Londoner
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy is pseudoscience...
Replies: 23
Views: 602

Re: Philosophy is pseudoscience...

Science works in as far as it restricts itself within a framework, which it does not question. But the friend in the OP has become oblivious to the framework. It is the friend who has a religious-type belief, since for him science has become a metaphysical construct. Science describes very little. I...
by Londoner
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Can someone explain this to me?
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Can someone explain this to me?

You are unlucky in that you have picked a silly illustration and explanation of the subject. The problem is that the same image is used to discuss two different philosophical questions. Most go for that of skepticism. How can we know that our perceptions correspond to an external world? In other wor...
by Londoner
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Womyn and Philosophy
Replies: 220
Views: 14953

Re: Womyn and Philosophy

Philosophy is often defined as the love of wisdom. Studying philosophy must therefore have something to do with studying wisdom. Wisdom is generally considered to be a trait of great benefit in a human being (surely regardless of gender). If this is the case, then I see at least a few possibilities...
by Londoner
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 372
Views: 15047

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Science describes colors using wavelengths etc. just fine. But the wavelengths do not have the property of being coloured. We only say that particular wavelengths are coloured because they fall in the visible spectrum, but that is a fact about us humans, not the wavelengths. If we had different eye...