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by odysseus
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Something to think about

prof:Frankly, my complaint is with your statement that self interest needs to be a (if not the?) guiding principle in making ethical decisions. I do not approve of this I never said this. A misunderstanding occurred as shown by the above sentence. That is a distinction I drew, not at all a "guiding...
by odysseus
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: "Do no harm" as a failed moral framework
Replies: 23
Views: 2781

Re: "Do no harm" as a failed moral framework

The OP does not appear to be a problem: it is a challenge to defend the harm principle. I do wonder why no one has really stepped up to plate on this. After all, GreatandWiseTrixie argument is flippant, but is grounded in an apparent contradiction whereby doing no harm can lead to absurd conclusions...
by odysseus
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Something to think about

prof: In my Ethical Theory the "act" is not central. You may have noticed that when you studied the document, Living Successfully. An earlier version of it is named: How to Live Successfully. [A link to that is offered HERE: http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/HOW%20 ... SFULLY.pdf The concept of 'a g...
by odysseus
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: There is no proof that separate identity exists.
Replies: 43
Views: 3250

Re: There is no proof that separate identity exists.

Only one way to establish personal identity, and that is through the ethical dimension of our being here. The harm one person experiences is that person's harm (or joy, and so forth) exclusively. Torture me and it is not some floating body of incidentals tagged "mine" but is the Real that is in the ...
by odysseus
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The Funny "Worshipping" of Nietzsche
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: The Funny "Worshipping" of Nietzsche

Necromancer By plausibility, I do think Kantianism the best. The democratic laws and regulations are well inside Kantian ethics and morality. When have you complained about the traffic regulations by your driver's license? Never? :D Thus, the alleged Nietzschean "superior" ethics (and morality) nev...
by odysseus
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Something to think about

prof: Obviously Levinas is using the phrase "self interest" to mean what I mean by the term "selfishness." Do you, after thinking deeply about it, believe that self-interest has to be exclusive of the other person? Is it not in your self interest to live in a world surrounded by others who bless th...
by odysseus
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Religious lies. Why do we knowingly accept them?
Replies: 29
Views: 2035

Re: Religious lies. Why do we knowingly accept them?

Greatest I am Indeed. I cannot understand how anyone can intentionally put their minds into intellectual and moral dissonance. But dissonance is what YOU have when you bring your mentality to bear upon what is at issue, that is, religious ideas. In the mind of the believer, there is none of this. I...
by odysseus
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Something to think about

prof I disagree with this usage of "self interest"; some of the confusion may reside in the difficulty of translation from the German tongue into English. No. Kant was very big on this notion of denying desire and and insistent that the condition of a moral is that it must be disinterested altogeth...
by odysseus
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 16
Views: 1166

Re: Something to think about

prof: Authenticity and flourishing are ideals for the ethical life of an individual. We are authentic when we are true to our own true self: when our behavior and habits match our own self-ideals. Then the person is in balance. Then one has reduced his own hypocrisy. He “walks the talk.” He lives w...
by odysseus
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Is Number a Causal Element?
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Is Number a Causal Element?

Of course number is a causal element. The question is, what is causality? Once you realize you don't know this, then this obviates mind body matters altogether. Such questions manufacture issues out of nothing since they presuppose conditions that are ill defined in the first place.
by odysseus
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The Funny "Worshipping" of Nietzsche
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: The Funny "Worshipping" of Nietzsche

Eodnhoj7: One should remember that Ethics is indeed the description of good to be carried out as morality. While Christianity is most excellent, we now attribute the best Ethics to Kantianism, in my opinion, no other ethics to this quality described to this extent. Why oh why would you think Kantia...
by odysseus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: an obituary of emotions
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: an obituary of emotions

waechter418 : Concerning Self-realization, the most misleading emotions are wishes & hopes, as they stir the belief of Homo to be able to be someone else than he is. When you discard emotions as interfering and undermining you fail to conceive of emotions as such, that is, what they are in themselv...
by odysseus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Religious lies. Why do we knowingly accept them?
Replies: 29
Views: 2035

Re: Religious lies. Why do we knowingly accept them?

It is your own understanding that is the cause of the problem. After all, a religious lie is the sort of thing that has its reach into something that does not lend itself to examination, that is, at its core. It is the kind of thing that carries metaphysical value that redeems. The matter really goe...
by odysseus
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: MAN and LANGUAGE by Max Picard
Replies: 11
Views: 4464

Re: MAN and LANGUAGE by Max Picard

tbieter What do you think is the origin of language in say, for purposes of the concrete in discussion, a small child? Is language a gift to human beings? A gift? You mean are we fortunate to have it. It depends on how it is used, but in itself, it is, as Hume said, an empty vessel with no favorite...
by odysseus
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Can we be rational without language?
Replies: 27
Views: 2828

Re: Can we be rational without language?

wtf: Is it simply harder or impossible to reason without language? Begs the question, doesn't it: What is language? That is, can you even conceive of language without reason? Think Kantian here: language has its expression in judgment, which is, say, the evidence before us. Is judgment possible wit...