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by MGL
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Corvid Captured
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Corvid Captured

I have always thought the main problem with the raven paradox is the presumption that the expression “All ravens are black” is interpreted in terms of the truth functional material conditional in classical logic. It is this interpretation that makes “All non-black things are non-ravens” logically eq...
by MGL
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Consequences of Accepting Consequentialism
Replies: 3
Views: 2596

Re: The Consequences of Accepting Consequentialism

Consequentialism does not necessarily entail the obligation to do more than can be reasonably expected. When using consequentialism to determine obligations of an agent we are not just calculating the consequences of an action of an agent. To turn an outcome into an obligation, we have to also accom...
by MGL
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?
Replies: 10
Views: 4283

Re: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?

She confessed. There was a confession, but the issue is whether this was genuine or not. There are two statements, typed up in Italian, claiming she was at the cottage with Lumumba and that Lumumba was the murderer.These were produced very late at night, after a gruelling and aggressive interrogati...
by MGL
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?
Replies: 10
Views: 4283

Re: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?

Here is a website that should be studied before anyone expresses an opinion on ultimate guilt or innocence. http://themurderofmeredithkercher.com/Main_Page Having prosecuted and defended criminal cases for over thirty years , from running stop signs to murder cases, I'm qualified to assert that gen...
by MGL
Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?
Replies: 10
Views: 4283

Re: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?

mickthinks wrote:Yes, the judges and jury who convicted them.
And what do you think?
by MGL
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?
Replies: 10
Views: 4283

Is there any credible evidence against Amanda Knox?

Does anyone think there is any credible evidence against Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito?
by MGL
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: If infinite parallel universes exist ...
Replies: 65
Views: 14676

Re: If infinite parallel universes exist ...

...So (given that infinite parallel universes exist) the probability of every single thinkable event happening in our universe is exactly 50% - like a certain leaf falling from a tree .... An interesting suggestion, but you may want to consider: 1) There are an infinity of integers and there may be...
by MGL
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Should I Care About Morality?
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

Re: Why Should I Care About Morality?

I quite like this view. The ethical choice is what we would desire if we had a perfect grasp (perfect knowledge) of our situation. But there does seem to be a leap from having a perfect grasp of the facts to having an appreciation for the desires of others. I can see that perfect knowledge is a kind...
by MGL
Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Modification of David Lewis Style Modality
Replies: 2
Views: 2008

Re: Modification of David Lewis Style Modality

Two criticisms come to my mind. I hope they are constructive. My first criticism is that your solution is possible unnecessary. I have never really understood the reason for positing possible worlds to explain modal propositions, so it is possible I am not as familiar with the literature as you woul...
by MGL
Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: SOCIALISM IS THE USE OF FORCE TO TAKE AWAY FREEDOM
Replies: 233
Views: 39999

Re: SOCIALISM IS THE USE OF FORCE TO TAKE AWAY FREEDOM

Socialists believe in forcibly taking money from one person and giving it to somebody else, something that anybody else would be thrown in jail for doing. That doesn't sound very fiscally responsible to me. The right to property is a freedom that only exists because a state is there to punish those...
by MGL
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology defeats itself with its own premisese
Replies: 30
Views: 8300

Re: Epistemology defeats itself with its own premisese

You are primarily drawn to philosophy because.... I am afraid your last response did not seem to address my questions and by offering an explanation of why I am asking them only left me more confused about the point you are making. Can I summarise you as follows? 1) If we were to really examine our...
by MGL
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: We need better, more modern axioms.
Replies: 21
Views: 5186

Re: We need better, more modern axioms.

That there is an objective world is certainly a necessary presupposition for epistemology, and if by "atoms" you merely mean everything is reducible to a finite collection of types of fundamental components, then your first axiom does seem reasonable, at least to me. However, I don't really see cons...
by MGL
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology defeats itself with its own premisese
Replies: 30
Views: 8300

Re: Epistemology defeats itself with its own premisese

I think your axiom goes something like: "Assume there exist purposive entities." And then their existence is transcendent. I cannot see any reasonable way to disagree with this axiom being true. However, your attempt to act like you have a rational basis for this framework is suspect to me. I don't...
by MGL
Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology defeats itself with its own premisese
Replies: 30
Views: 8300

Re: Epistemology defeats itself with its own premisese

knowledge itself will be reduced to constituent parts, and it will be seen as a phenomena in nature instantiated upon a substrate of microscopic interactions. I understand epistemology as simply asking the question: what is the most reliable way of acquiring knowledge? The only pre-conditions requi...
by MGL
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: You can't show that inductive reasoning is unjustified
Replies: 5
Views: 3728

Re: You can't show that inductive reasoning is unjustified

You can't use deduction to prove that "all inductive inferences are unjustified". And if you use induction your argument is self-defeating You could if you could demonstrate that it was a tautology, such that it was logically impossible that an inductive inference is justified. For instance, consid...