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by Peter Holmes
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Justified true belief: knowledge and the myth of propositions
Replies: 65
Views: 4847

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

Erm. I'm afraid you lost me at 'The logos comes from the mythos...' I think you and I vibrate at very different frequencies. But thanks. Prior to the socratics it was primarily religious stories which fed the awareness of the people. Around the socratics, logic (dialectic) started to take root in t...
by Peter Holmes
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Justified true belief: knowledge and the myth of propositions
Replies: 65
Views: 4847

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

Erm. I'm afraid you lost me at 'The logos comes from the mythos...'

I think you and I vibrate at very different frequencies. But thanks.
by Peter Holmes
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Justified true belief: knowledge and the myth of propositions
Replies: 65
Views: 4847

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

Propositions are the ghost stories of our times. Agreed - and that's an interesting way of putting it. The dualist myth of propositions - which are really nothing more than linguistic expressions - is pervasive. Along with the JTB account of knowledge, it informs correspondence theories of truth - ...
by Peter Holmes
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Ought - IS Problem
Replies: 29
Views: 556

Re: Ought - IS Problem

The is-ought barrier is insuperable, because factual and moral assertions have completely different functions. A factual assertion claims something about reality that may or may not be the case - so the assertion is (classically) true or false, independent from opinion. By contrast, a moral assertio...
by Peter Holmes
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 2145

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

Does absolute truth exist? I think this is a standardly misleading - because misfiring - philosophical question. It misleads or misfires, because it seems to be a factual question with a yes/no or true/false answer - even if we don't or can't know the answer. 'Does truth exist?' is another and obvio...
by Peter Holmes
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 569
Views: 12234

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

Evidently, it is indeed worth pointing out ... Moral subjectivism does not entail or even imply moral relativism - descriptive, meta-ethical or normative. That is a common misunderstanding of the expression 'moral subjectivism'. Of course, we can always try to correct our misunderstanding. But that ...
by Peter Holmes
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 569
Views: 12234

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

Evidently, it is indeed worth pointing out ...

Moral subjectivism does not entail or even imply moral relativism - descriptive, meta-ethical or normative. That is a common misunderstanding of the expression 'moral subjectivism'.
by Peter Holmes
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 569
Views: 12234

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

It seems it may be worth pointing something out here ...

Moral subjectivism does not entail or even imply moral relativism - descriptive, meta-ethical or normative. That is a strange misunderstanding of those words.
by Peter Holmes
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 569
Views: 12234

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

Dachsund Your latest essay merely repeats your argument. To save time, I've extracted what I take to be your main points and answer them here. 1 The expressions ‘objective moral progress’ and ‘objective moral standard’ simply beg the question. 2 That there are moral facts, independent of opinion, is...
by Peter Holmes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 2145

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: 569
Views: 12234

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: 65
Views: 4847

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: 569
Views: 12234

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: 569
Views: 12234

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: 569
Views: 12234

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...