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by ala1993
Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Help/advice for once-disciplined reader
Replies: 9
Views: 2767

Help/advice for once-disciplined reader

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I read everything I could get my hands on. I was disciplined in my studies (read the texts, made notes, brought questions to class etc.) and was proud of what I accomplished. Now, after 2 Masters degrees, I'm studying for a DPhil and am struggling with disciplinin...
by ala1993
Mon May 20, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: All Hail Free Market Capitalism!
Replies: 76
Views: 11589

Re: All Hail Free Market Capitalism!

bobevenson wrote: You were born under free-market capitalism, have benefitted from it every day of your worthless life, but choose to bite the hand that feeds you, you ungrateful loser! In fact, most of us were not born under (into?) free-market capitalism. There is no record of any developed nation...
by ala1993
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:37 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Newbie planning some introductory reading. Any advice?
Replies: 15
Views: 3166

Re: Newbie planning some introductory reading. Any advice?

Read Nietzsche before he comes to you with a prof attached. This 'mad philosopher' is the only really sane one among the lot. Actually, I'd advise against this. To read Nietzsche properly you'll need to be familiar with Greek thought and literature, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer and Mill. This is becau...
by ala1993
Wed May 02, 2012 6:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Can God love?
Replies: 12
Views: 2819

Re: Can God love?

I am not so sure this is the way to look at love. I am hesitant to look at love as a thing someone does to you or for you Perhaps you are hesitant, but it doesn't follow that looking at 'love' in this way is mistaken. I'm not talking about reciprocity of action here (the view that we do something f...
by ala1993
Wed May 02, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Can God love?
Replies: 12
Views: 2819

Re: Can God love?

Greatest I Am wrote: If the husband whose only deed is mouthing the I love you words is being truthful, then there can be true love there even as he does considerably less to show it than your other example. All he does is say he loves her. He does nothing else. Is this enough? My analogy was to il...
by ala1993
Tue May 01, 2012 5:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosopher's Task is to Equip the Scientist
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: Philosopher's Task is to Equip the Scientist

It sounds to me as though you're claiming that the status of philosophy is one of 'meta-functionality' in that it determines the content and procedure of science, which is functional but also answers directly to 'the empirical world'. Perhaps this is the case. However, I think that if you are going ...
by ala1993
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Can God love?
Replies: 12
Views: 2819

Re: Can God love?

Does love need deeds and works to be expressed? I think that this is the crucial question here, so I'll try to address it. Imagine two different married couples, living side by side (and I'm going to imagine that they are heterosexual couples but this doesn't mean that they must be). In the first c...
by ala1993
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Creationism: God is a human projection.
Replies: 6
Views: 1890

Re: Creationism: God is a human projection.

You make some interesting (and good) points. There's a lot to be said for the idea that a divine entity (in this case the Christian 'god') is a means of anchoring our own ethical activity and transforming it into something moral; or, to put it another way, taking the idea of 'the good life' and maki...
by ala1993
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Which translation of Plato's Republic do you recommend?
Replies: 1
Views: 5300

Re: Which translation of Plato's Republic do you recommend?

I wouldn't say that there is one 'best' translation (and it can often be of great help to read more than one translation in order to get a more 'rounded' view of the text). However, of the ones I've read I've always preferred the Oxford World's Classics edition (trans. Robin Waterfield). The first t...
by ala1993
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Slut
Replies: 17
Views: 6401

Re: Slut

I like the idea that philosophical discussion can keep us from coming to blows. However, philosophy of language does more than just talk about what particular words mean. It's more about how language works and what it is. The girl who you called a slut probably wanted to know why you were calling he...
by ala1993
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: The Other Abortion Question
Replies: 44
Views: 8410

Re: The Other Abortion Question

While it's interesting to talk about Terri Schiavo in regards to the question of quality of life, I think we should stick to the topic of abortion/ending the life of a child rather than someone who has already been born and lived a life (despite the quality of said life being severely impeded). TVoT...
by ala1993
Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: The Other Abortion Question
Replies: 44
Views: 8410

The Other Abortion Question

Proponents of anti-abortion legislation often appeal to the idea of the sanctity of life. The mere fact of life, the activity of 'living' (where living is the biological condition for 'existing', which for the purposes of this post I understand to be an augmentation of 'living' that incorporates mem...
by ala1993
Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Obscurantism; enigmatic, clever or dishonest?
Replies: 3
Views: 2911

Re: Obscurantism; enigmatic, clever or dishonest?

Well, first of all I hope your ribs heal soon. Also, please give Hegel another try. If he really were 'rambling and meaningless' then his influence on (e.g.) Marx would be illusory. I found Hegel to be near-impossible when I first read the Phenomenology ... now I can engage with the text on a critic...
by ala1993
Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Obscurantism; enigmatic, clever or dishonest?
Replies: 3
Views: 2911

Re: Obscurantism; enigmatic, clever or dishonest?

I think you're confusing the intention to write obscurely with the intention for there to be fidelity between style and content. There is a wonderful passage in Nietzsche's 'Gay Science' which reads along the lines of "the man who wishes to be profound must strive for clarity, while the man who wish...
by ala1993
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Where do we stand in relation to God?
Replies: 71
Views: 16487

Re: Where do we stand in relation to God?

Notvacka wrote: To me, agnosticism doesn't explain anything. It's just humbly stating the obvious, that knowledge of God is impossible. I think that it is precisely this established impossibility of knowledge that undoes agnosticism. If knowledge of something is not available to us we can either be...