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by Lawrence Crocker
Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Pascal's wager
Replies: 75
Views: 8769

Re: Pascal's wager

I apologize for inserting here an utter irrelevancy to the thread in its most recent entries. It is more relevant to some earlier thread segments. I intrude here, at the risk of thread-boorishness, because I contend that there is a sound, or nearly sound, variation of Pascal’s argument and because I...
by Lawrence Crocker
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?
Replies: 41
Views: 6322

Re: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?

You have 10 cookies (or biscuits for speakers of English English) you wish to give away to children, of which cohort 10 show up, all strangers to you. You might question them and ferret out biographical details that would cause you to favor some more than others. But that, of course, would cost you ...
by Lawrence Crocker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Any thoughts on the life and philosophy of Simone Weil?
Replies: 4
Views: 926

Re: Any thoughts on the life and philosophy of Simone Weil?

For Weil’s early-ish political theory, you should be able to find Oppression and Liberty in any university library. It is available used for about $10 in the US, including shipping. Her theory of liberty grew out of a hatred of bureaucratic oppression. She believed that any form of bureaucracy, incl...
by Lawrence Crocker
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time travelling is impossible.
Replies: 42
Views: 6148

Re: Time travelling is impossible.

1) This would entail an entire reduplication of the Universe for each instance of time travel. This would be more than prohibitive as the energy and mass requirements would be one entire universe, and there is only one. 2) The light that has emanated from the objects of your interest, has long ago ...
by Lawrence Crocker
Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time travelling is impossible.
Replies: 42
Views: 6148

Re: Time travelling is impossible.

The old shooting your grandfather paradox is no problem for forward time travel, either the pedestrian variety we regularly engage in or discontinuous leaps into the future. For the past, the three solutions I know of are (1) branching worlds, whether under quantum many worlds or some other mechanis...
by Lawrence Crocker
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?
Replies: 41
Views: 6322

Re: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?

If there is no independent value to equality, then we would feel no preference for 5-5 over 9-1 in the case that no one has any sort of prior claim to the goods in question. Such cases do not arise very often, but they do arise, and cases far more difficult to imagine get routine philosophical exerc...
by Lawrence Crocker
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Surely evolution and Christianity are fundamentally opposed?
Replies: 43
Views: 5562

Re: Surely evolution and Christianity are fundamentally opposed?

Combining evolution with the Catholic doctrine of souls and the actual existence of Adam and Eve, as I understand it, leads to some interesting consequences. Adam and Eve, as the first creatures with immortal souls, had parents without immortal souls. It would seem to follow that they would not have...
by Lawrence Crocker
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?
Replies: 41
Views: 6322

Re: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?

I would lean more towards the pragmatic approach - more equality is called for if it benefits a whole society; but equality is not good 'in itself Equality is a value in itself if it is at least a tie breaker. Suppose we are going to have a distribution in which A has 9 units of wealth and B has 1,...
by Lawrence Crocker
Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?
Replies: 41
Views: 6322

Re: Why are the rich entitled to be rich?

Two influential, but very different, theories of entitlement of the rich are set out by Robert Nozick and John Rawls. Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia is the most philosophically sophisticated exposition of “free market” libertarianism. If the history works out correctly (justice in acquisition, ...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why do numbers exist?
Replies: 26
Views: 5072

Re: Why do numbers exist?

The question whether numbers exist may be like the questions whether starfish are conscious and whether Confucianism is a religion. The problem lies more in “consciousness” and “a religion” than in starfish and Confucianism. In the same way we have a better understanding of the natural numbers than ...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: The Absolute Truth. Both of them.
Replies: 41
Views: 7332

Re: The Absolute Truth. Both of them.

“Absolute truth” can mean several different things. A statement that is eternally true, true at all times is one possibility. The 2 truths that began this are probably not absolute in this sense. There may have been and may again be a time in which there is nothing anywhere. It seems pretty likely t...