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by Peter Holmes
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 1485

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: 8979

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: 8979

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: 8979

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: 8979

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: 1485

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: 8979

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: 58
Views: 4091

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: 8979

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: 8979

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: 8979

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: 569
Views: 8979

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: 569
Views: 8979

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: 569
Views: 8979

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: 569
Views: 8979

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...