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by Nick_A
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Power and the Public Good
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Power and the Public Good

If we have chosen the position in life in which we can most of all work for mankind, no burdens can bow us down, because they are sacrifices for the benefit of all; then we shall experience no petty, limited, selfish joy, but our happiness will belong to millions, our deeds will live on quietly but...
by Nick_A
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Dachshund, you wrote: 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 immediate...
by Nick_A
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 49
Views: 359

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Why IYO is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil always considered superficially from a moralistic perspective? Because "knowledge of good and evil" implicates ethics/morality. It's what the text says. There was no society at that time so obviously knowledge of good and evil refers to somethin...
by Nick_A
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 49
Views: 359

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

But for both the atheist and the theist the problem remains that the world is deterministic. Sorry...you're just wrong about this. This is not what Theists believe is the case. It's what a certain narrow band of them does. It's not at all a mainstream position. Why IYO is the tree of the knowledge ...
by Nick_A
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 49
Views: 359

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

"Free will was given to man by god." This I often hear from theists. I searched the bible and found no support for this from the word of the supposed god. So this is inference? Or did I miss something. Will Guffo or somebody else please tell me where the idea of "free will" emerged in christian thi...
by Nick_A
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

I C wrote Modern man may prefer a weak and neutral "god," a mere conceptual toy with which to play, or a pretty poem he can quote. Whether or not that's what he can have in reality is quite a different question. A very important point. To compensate for this tendency it was necessry to create the no...
by Nick_A
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

I C There's a serious point there, for everybody, not just Jacob. Encounter with God is not a mere academic activity. Nobody's invited to think about God the way one thinks about an object. Casualness, detachment, dissection, data collection. and so on are out. These may have utility at the start, a...
by Nick_A
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

You quote Muggeridge with approval: 'The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.' You've missed the point. Alas, Nick...so have you. Muggeridge meant something very specific, and it had nothing to do with Plato. Here is the entire section in which Muggeri...
by Nick_A
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Nick_A You quote Muggeridge with approval: 'The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.' Perhaps this is supposed to mean that a woman should suffer on the cross of an unwanted pregnancy. The familiar bad smell of Christianity. And you claim without justi...
by Nick_A
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

"The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment." ― Malcolm Muggeridge The question of abortion is one of these questions in which the solution is more offensive than the problem. Ethics is by nature subjective and might makes right in determining laws reflec...
by Nick_A
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

From RCSunders link. I finally understand the significance of ethics. Every individual not only can, but must consciously choose everything he thinks and does. [In this case "must" means one has no choice in the matter.] Any attempt to evade the fact everything one does is by choice, such as blaming...
by Nick_A
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Power and the Public Good
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Power and the Public Good

Gaffo from your below, i assume you are a "rightist" if so, what is your "Vision" of Power and/or the/a greater good? Power gives us the ability to accomplish our aim. To have this power we first need a conscious aim relating to the greater good. then we need sufficient will to further our aim and f...
by Nick_A
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Philosophers’ Ship
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: The Philosophers’ Ship

It seems like the Soviets did a lot of harm in eliminating their dissenting intelligentsia. OTOH, (not to necessarily endorse totalitarianism but rather to acknowledge perhaps a bitter truth) the achievements of the Bolsheviks in transforming the Soviet Union from a primarily agrarian society into ...
by Nick_A
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 524
Views: 4645

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Dachshund The second principle of the argument is ethical, in particular, it concerns justice and equality, which in the United States (and most other Western democracies) is nested in the nation's most foundational documents, most specifically, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, ...
by Nick_A
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?
Replies: 16
Views: 353

Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Nothing is certain of anything which was ever written or thought. There's only a greater of lesser probability of it being so. Why should this disturb my "peace of mind" and what piece of that would it be? Suppose the problem isn't thought? A person must try a new approach. Sometimes a good piece o...