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by odysseus
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

Immanuel Can I don't, actually. "Contingent" is the opposite of "necessary." It means that the thing in question didn't have to be the way it is at all. "There's nothing behind them that justifies them." This statement of yours makes no sense. I am very justified in expecting the sun to rise in the...
by odysseus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

Immanuel Can h, it's very simple. There's nothing behind them that justifies them. They're all merely arbitrary. No, It's just the opposite. Contingency is all about there being context for validation. You simply have this wrong. I don't want to go to jail in the US or the UK. But I also don't want...
by odysseus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

Immanuel Can Yes, "If." If one thinks that, then that's necessarily true. Quite so. "Contingent" is one way of saying it: but "vacuous" is more accurate. There's quite simply nothing to such judgments. People make them, of course, but can't prove them justified. You would have to take this up with ...
by odysseus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

Immanuel Can Knives aren't morally good. Nor are they morally bad. They're just serviceable or dysfunctional for particular purposes. I think the whole discussion of objects as "good" or "bad" misunderstands the meaning of moral goodness. That is rather to the point. You see, if you don't think the...
by odysseus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

Immanuel Can \And it would need a defense. It would really need it. It would need much more than saying, "I defend moral realism." Because barring an actual defense, "I defend" again means only "I defend...but no one else has any reason/obligation to." Well, there is all that I have out out there a...
by odysseus
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

"And regarding the end or goal, etc.,these presuppose the very thing you want to understand, which is exactly WHAT it is that makes ethics,well, ethical." That is definitly not the question I asked. The question is, why should anybody behave ethically, even if they know, exactly what ethics is? Sup...
by odysseus
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

RCSaunders I'll let you know later when I make my general response to all these comments. For now, I'll only say I regard Wittgenstein and all the logical positivists as near idiots who have done unforgivable damage to the field of philosophy. All values are relative attributes. Nothing is inherent...
by odysseus
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

RCSaunders wrote I'm not sure how something being, "obligatory," makes it something anyone would choose to do, and that is the question. So what if it's obligatory? Why should I choose to do it? [I'm not making an argument here, just emphasizing what the question actually is.] Put it this way: if a...
by odysseus
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

Nick_A But there are those who ask what inspires me to feel conscience?That is a philosophical/psychological question some feel and some don't when guided by pragmatism Pragmatism and conscience?? Surely it is not pragmatism that produces conscience. It certainly can be a way to characterize moral ...
by odysseus
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why Be Moral?
Replies: 378
Views: 16494

Re: Why Be Moral?

RCSaunders ..which is the whole problem with all current ethical and moral views and the reason for my question. It's fine to say, "be moral for its own sake, just because it is right," but unless it can be explained WHY anyone should do it, (or actually why it is right), it's just an empty suggest...
by odysseus
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: The Paradox of the Variable
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: The Paradox of the Variable

Each variable, or set of variables, equate to an infinite regression of sub variables where each equation is subject to slippery slope fallacy. I.e., hermeneutical circularity. A very interesting problem because, for one thing, it denies us the ability of affirm ethical axioms, and this encourages ...
by odysseus
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: The Paradox of the Variable
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: The Paradox of the Variable

Not helpful, Eodnhoj7. Try again, this time.....say something!
by odysseus
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is this an improved definition of a truth bearer?
Replies: 2
Views: 1187

Re: Is this an improved definition of a truth bearer?

A Truth Bearer is an analytical expression of formal or natural language that specifies a relation that can be tested and resolved to a single Boolean value. It is the kind of reasoning that can only take up matters that lend themselves to this kind true and false structure of thinking. Is it raini...
by odysseus
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: The Paradox of the Variable
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: The Paradox of the Variable

The variable is when one thing can be stated in an infinite variety of ways and as such is subject to the fallacy of equivocation. Any underlying law, expressed through the variable, is the equivocation of one law in a myriad of ways. Not clear why variability implies an infinite number of ways, no...
by odysseus
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: reading Husserl, Fink....
Replies: 66
Views: 3277

Re: reading Husserl, Fink....

ant, Nunn, Rorty, Dewey, Pierce, Sartre, Brahman, Atman, Shankara, Kierkegaard, Fink and back to Kant. I’m having trouble figuring out just what it is that Odysseus believes. Maybe like a good scholar you hold your own beliefs in suspension. Or maybe you have bracketed you own beliefs in an epochea...