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by surreptitious57
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 195
Views: 19071

Re: Does God Exist?

I do not think matter and energy and time and space are concepts as they are not mind dependent and have actually existed
long before minds ever did. And time and space do not need a background to support them because they are the background
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The tortoise and the hare
Replies: 14
Views: 137

Re: The tortoise and the hare

Where does geometry state that points are nonexistent or that existing things must have extension in at least one dimension In quantum mechanics elementary particles are so infinitesimally small that they cannot be seen and so they are treated as points If something exists then it must have at leas...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 195
Views: 19071

Re: Does God Exist?

Saying that everything is not a thing makes no sense because it violates the law of non contradiction Also I do not see this I that is supposedly there when I am asleep and so I do not think it really exists There does not have to be anything there anyway apart from matter and energy and space and t...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

Total anarchy cannot actually persist so it is inevitable that some order would be restored as that is simply the way of things One reason for this is that a total state of collapse is completely impractical as that would start to threaten self preservation Unless one actually wanted to die [ always...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

The bottom line is this : either we as a society try to maintain order through the implementation and enforcement of laws based on moral consensus or we simply let everybody do as they choose regardless of the consequences and without any notion of personal accountability Just because morality is in...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

How do we beat that since no neutral testing procedure exists for morality Morality is in a constant state of evolution and so is independent of any neutral or objective means of testing so it cannot be examined that way It is an abstract concept with no rules but implicit within it is the notion o...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

... the broadest appeal ... Would this be an argument to suggest that popularity = morality ? I see no certainty in such a claim if so. It seems to me likely to run afoul of the ad populum fallacy There is no certainty in any moral truth regardless of how popular it is because morality and certaint...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

As I already said there needs to be some provisional axioms for the basis of morality to be established even if they are to be later discarded Okay but if we later discard them then upon what is our moral legitimation founded It is founded upon whatever the provisional axiom of the time is. This is...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 195
Views: 19071

Re: Does God Exist?

If nothing exists in the absolute sense then concepts cannot exist either. This obviously is not true so the notion of everything being rooted in absolute nothing has to be false. Now the negative energy of gravity does actually cancel out the positive energy of matter but they still exist as object...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

There initially needs to be some provisional axioms to establish the basis for morality ... The most obvious one is the principle of no harm ... It is not obvious to Nietzscheans or Randians or Social Darwinists or elitists of all stripes or anybody who does not believe in the principle of the equa...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

It may well be that without authority X no rational legitimation for morality exists at all There initially needs to be some provisional axioms to establish the basis for morality even if they are to be subsequently discarded The most obvious one is the principle of no harm which is generally accep...
by surreptitious57
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 195
Views: 19071

Re: Does God Exist?

Something has to exist in order to think that nothing exists. For nothing alone cannot think that nothing exists because something has to do the thinking. And that thing is a mind. Some minds can convince themselves they do not really exist but that is not evidence of anything other than flawed thin...
by surreptitious57
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: An Existential Question For Those Who Do The Most Enormous Harm
Replies: 23
Views: 350

Re: An Existential Question For Those Who Do The Most Enormous Harm

I cannot tell Gary what he can or should do as that is a matter for him and also because I dont give advice. I can only say what I think and do I avoid harming others by being physically isolated and emotionally detached. This provides me with much space to be myself. And so long as I am not harming...
by surreptitious57
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 58
Views: 298

Re: What could make morality objective?

I know of no objective moral philosophy that is not derived from some belief system
However something cannot be objective if based on something that is non falsifiable
by surreptitious57
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Dear Abby: What do I do with this love poem?
Replies: 27
Views: 192

Re: Dear Abby: What do I do with this love poem?

Give the poem to your girlfriend and forget about this other woman who you may never see again anyway ... We are talking about the poem. Sounds like you are saying he should give THAT poem to his girlfriend. Can you not see that. You didnt say a poem or write a poem for your girlfriend. Maybe some ...