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by Skip
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

What makes a thing true is that it is present in reality. That's all.
by Skip
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the UN worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 74

Re: Is the UN worth it?

Including UNICEF, I've heard pros and cons on the UN over the years (other examples would be parking tickets, anti-Israeli bias, etc.) 🇺🇲PhilX🇺🇲 You've heard people being against parking tickets as an indictment of the world court, peacekeeping, vaccinations, drought relief, epidemiology, nuclear f...
by Skip
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the UN worth it?
Replies: 11
Views: 74

Re: Is the UN worth it?

Have you any idea what-all the various UN agencies have done in the last half century?
https://www.unsystem.org/members/specialized-agencies
Lots of people don't know or care. But, in terms of saving and improving human life, WHO alone is "worth it".
by Skip
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

We have done nothing so far to show whether or not there are transcendent truths or moral truths Exactly. If you couldn't "find" any in 300 years, or 6000 years (civilization with writing) or 15,000 (agricultural and fishing settlement) or 50,000 years (nomadic tribal units) it's unlikely to happen...
by Skip
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

Historically, what's done the job is force -- force of arms, force of indoctrination, force of peer pressure, force of tradition, or some other such force. One of those is force. The rest are products of social interaction. Add continuity; reliability; co-operation; peaceful co-existence. What's a ...
by Skip
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Physical Causation vs other types of causation
Replies: 16
Views: 117

Re: Physical Causation vs other types of causation

Causation seems to me to be a useful illusion that works in daily life. Yes, because for most life tasks, all we need to know are the proximal and direct causes. I fell off the ladder. The ladder slipped sideways. On inspection, I discovered that I had placed the feet on uneven ground. All I need f...
by Skip
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

[S - ...the present observer is merely reporting on their various arguments, to show that there is no single objective truth. ] That's a self-defeating claim. If it's true that there is no single, objective truth, then the single, objective truth is that there is no single, objective truth -- which...
by Skip
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

The mere fact that "people advocate X" cannot inform us of the rightness or wrongness of X. Neither can the observation, "Not all people believe X," or the observation, "Different people believe X, Y, and Z." All of these are truly question-begging, as none answers the question fo whether or not X ...
by Skip
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Will Adolf Hitler Be Saved (End Up in Heaven)?
Replies: 154
Views: 1002

Re: Will Adolf Hitler Be Saved (End Up in Heaven)?

On balance, I'm opting for 'none'.
Still, i'd have enjoyed watching Vlad, Pol, Adolf and Donald duke it out for the bronze.
by Skip
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Physical Causation vs other types of causation
Replies: 16
Views: 117

Re: Physical Causation vs other types of causation

I've had more practice.
Anyway
- pare down your subject matter to essentials
- be precise in your terminology
- think through what you intend to demonstrate and invent your examples so as to exclude unnecessary complication
- label accurately
by Skip
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

[The claim that objective moral values and judgements come from a god's commands or nature begs the question] It's not clear why reference to "nature" or "God's commands", as you put it, "begs the question." "Refer to" doesn't exactly mean the same as "claim". The claim begs the question "Is there ...
by Skip
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 300

Re: What could make morality objective?

An objection to moral subjectivism is that, if moral values and judgements are matters of opinion, we can't know if they're correct. Here, we have three inaccurate assumptions. 1. subjective = matter of opinion [1a. wherein all opinions carry equal weight] 2. there can be such a concept as "correct...
by Skip
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Physical Causation vs other types of causation
Replies: 16
Views: 117

Re: Physical Causation vs other types of causation

I'm not trying to draw a comparison or make a versus, Then why did you put that as a title? I'm trying to highlight the differences between the two. Two whats ? You say "physical causation" (which refers to things like heat, velocity, combustion, etc.) and then go on to talk about complex interpers...
by Skip
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Physical Causation vs other types of causation
Replies: 16
Views: 117

Re: Physical Causation vs other types of causation

Causation is absolutely not limited to physics and has a wide range of uses, from law to psychology and even philosophy. Indeed. Then don't say "physical causation vs". There is no versus; no comparison. There are chains of causation. In sociology and psychology, these tend to be so complex and lon...
by Skip
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is science only for the scientists?
Replies: 26
Views: 276

Re: Is science only for the scientists?

Okay, so the football players have nice foundations. But I bet Kate Biberdorf doesn't have hers covered in horrid tattoos.
How does a football player even know where his bruises are?