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by Peter Holmes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 161

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

Asking whether truth exists (never mind absolute truth) tends to lure us down the rabbit hole where metaphysicians furkle. We're dazzled into thinking it's a factual question with a yes/no answer. We produce conflicting 'theories' (explanations) of truth, and spend centuries arguing about them, gett...
by Peter Holmes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

If anyone's interested in the point I'm making about categories, I've posted a comment at my OP 'Justified true belief: knowledge and the myth of propositions' at the 'Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge' page. I know this is straying from this page and topic - but it has a bearing on our discussion ...
by Peter Holmes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Justified true belief: knowledge and the myth of propositions
Replies: 18
Views: 3050

Re: Justified true belief: knowledge and the myth of propositions

As a follow-up to my OP about the JTB definition of knowledge, and Gettier's criticism, I thought it worth posting here a related contribution I made to a discussion elsewhere about facts, categories and correspondence theories. I'm pointing out that the way philosophers use the word 'fact' to mean ...
by Peter Holmes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Dachsund If you disagree, please focus on one moral claim - one example of what you think is a moral fact - and show why it describes a feature of reality correctly, independent of judgement, belief or opinion, without begging the question, and without appealing to intuition - which also begs the q...
by Peter Holmes
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Pete

I haven't 'simply chosen to classify morality as "subjective"'. I'm arguing that it is subjective - and showing why that's the case. If you disagree, please refute my argument by citing a moral fact and showing why it's true, independent of opinion. Sure. But in order to make such an argument you h...
by Peter Holmes
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Pete

Fair enough. I think the great danger of moral objectivism is that people can think their own moral opinions are facts and therefore undeniable. It leads to inquisitions and persecutions, abortion practitioners being murdered, homosexuals being thrown off tall buildings, and so on. Would it be fair...
by Peter Holmes
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Dachsund I let go something you wrote earlier - but here it is: 'So why did "Planned Parenthood go to such lengths to cover up the reality of what they were doing? Why did they LIE (and let's face it, that's effectively what they were doing) to the public and the regulatory authorities? I'll tell yo...
by Peter Holmes
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Dachsund You wrote this: 'You are correct as well in noting that Peter does not, it would seem, understand the difference between intuitive knowledge and opinion. Briefly, "opinion" is a lower grade of knowledge that concerns the world of perceived sensory experience. Intuition, by contrast is immed...
by Peter Holmes
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Dachsund Your essay is nothing more than an extended explanation of why you think abortion is morally wrong. Your appeal to intuition is the standard dodge in defense of opinions with no other justification. Your appeal to the human personhood of the foetus does nothing to justify the claim that the...
by Peter Holmes
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Pete

Yeah, I get what you're sayin: that is, there are no moral facts, it's all opinion (well-founded or pulled directly from one's keister), so it's on us -- not to discover and understand (a nonexistent) natural law -- but to hold and act on opinions that are productive or beneficial to, presumably, t...
by Peter Holmes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Here you go, Pete (all folksy autobiography ditched)

If I’m a libertarian free will (I am) and if cause and effect stands (it does), then there must be ‘something’ intrinsic to me that makes my defiance of cause and effect possible. This ‘something’ must be supra-natural because anything wholly of nature is mired in cause and effect. So, this supra-n...
by Peter Holmes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Pete

"can you cite a moral fact and show why it describes a feature of reality correctly" I think I did that already. To my satisfaction: I've cited a moral fact and tied it directly (and correctly) to a feature of reality. You disagree. Since I got no time or taste for ridin' a merry go 'round today: w...
by Peter Holmes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

No, it doesn't make it clearer. Oh, sorry. I'll try again. The good is that which is in harmony with a god's nature, and the not-good is that which isn't in harmony with a god's nature. But this is circular. A god is good. What is goodness? Harmoniousness with a god's nature. It doesn't explain wha...
by Peter Holmes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Pete

"Please can you produce an example and show how it describes a feature of reality correctly." I can tell you what I think. I believe myself to be a free will (of the libertarian agent causation variety). My experience of myself, in the world, convinces me of this. Thing is: reality seems to be dete...
by Peter Holmes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 540
Views: 5168

Re: Pete

"Your argument seems to be: people don't want to die, so killing people is morally wrong." Well, if 'morality' is subjective, has no grounding in reality, is just consensus or is just majority-determined: then 'morality' literally is what the majority sez it is, yeah? If the majority choose to resp...