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by RCSaunders
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 88
Views: 1259

Re: The problem with Conservatism

Not so, Scott. Many conservatives are, in fact, agnostics and atheists. Libertarians, for example, often have far more affection for Adam Smith or Ayn Rand than for any deity. And that's what is wrong with trying to identify views in terms of labels. While I'm sure you cannot make a direct connecti...
by RCSaunders
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What is the highest principle?
Replies: 199
Views: 1285

Re: What is the highest principle?

Skepdick wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:34 pm
You can't harm "the environment", Gary. The environment has been taking care of itself since The Big Bang.

No harm is about humans. It's the environment will do to us what it did to the dinosaurs ...
We don't often agree, Skepdick, but I certainly agree here.
by RCSaunders
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What is the highest principle?
Replies: 199
Views: 1285

Re: What is the highest principle?

I'm ashamed to admit it but, If push came to shove, I suspect the highest principle for me would probably be that of self-preservation. Death scares the bejeebers out of me. That is very sad, Gary. A fear of death is not a love of life. Death is only one aspect of life, where there is no life there...
by RCSaunders
Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What is the highest principle?
Replies: 199
Views: 1285

Re: What is the highest principle?

Until you solve metaphysics positive principles are a pipe dream. "Solve metaphysics?" Since when does the term, "metaphysics," mean, "puzzle," unless you mean, the nature of existence is a puzzle to you. That would explain your complete misunderstanding of the nature of principles. The first rule ...
by RCSaunders
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Are Numbers Manmade?
Replies: 75
Views: 935

Re: Are Numbers Manmade?

The question is similar to asking if words are manmade. Of course words are manmade and so are numbers. Numbers were created to represent amounts. As such, numbers are a frame of reference for amounts. Without numbers, referring to amounts would be vague. Without numbers, someone might "many, few, ...
by RCSaunders
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Are Numbers Manmade?
Replies: 75
Views: 935

Re: Are Numbers Manmade?

A more profound question other than are numbers man made [ yes they are ] is was mathematics discovered or invented One that sadly does not have a definitive answer to it although then again neither does any other philosophical question All knowledge methods, like language, mathematics, logic, and ...
by RCSaunders
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 208
Views: 2056

Re: Silly Religion

Hi IC, Nothing up to here actually says anything we've not already discussed. I know there is nothing supernatural, If you "know" it, you should be able to tell other people how they should know it too. At the very least, you could be a decent chap and help them to find the route you've gone down. U...
by RCSaunders
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 208
Views: 2056

Re: claims

The theist sez 'there is a god'. Is this a claim? The atheist sez 'there is no god'. Is this a claim? If one says either only to themselves it is not a claim. If one says either to someone else, that is an assertion, and is a claim. If one says only that either is what they believe it is a claim wh...
by RCSaunders
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 208
Views: 2056

Re: Silly Religion

... The Atheist certainly has very little to offer. What does he need to offer to whom? He has no rational entitlement to say he knows there's no God. We differ there. Every individual is, "entitled," to say whatever he wants. You don't have to agree with it, or like it, but one is certainly entitl...
by RCSaunders
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What is the highest principle?
Replies: 199
Views: 1285

Re: What is the highest principle?

A poster, elsewhere, sez: I am pretty sure the highest principle is "no harm". Morality. What say you ? One thing wrong with that is that it is negative. An ultimate principle would have to be a positive, not what one must refrain from doing, but one must do to be doing right. The second thing wron...
by RCSaunders
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Are Numbers Manmade?
Replies: 75
Views: 935

Re: Are Numbers Manmade?

If thinking has no form, then how can reasoning be considered linear or circular? That description is metaphorical, not literal. Yet the nature of reasoning can be compared to shapes? That's what a metaphor is. It is a way of illustrating something by comparing it to something totally different, no...
by RCSaunders
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 484
Views: 10749

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Well look at the world right now! Then again look at human history. All the warring, the stone age, copper, bronze, iron, steel, black powder, nuclear. Imperialism, Colonialism, etc! ALL based on the fear of death. And that's exactly where all that fear is taking us, to our own idiotic self annihil...
by RCSaunders
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 208
Views: 2056

Re: Silly Religion

Well, then, would we would have to say that Atheism is an "invalid hypothesis"? Absolutely, when it is an ideology, as though the denial of something were a kind of assertion (which I think would apply to the evangelical type of Atheist). Many people who are called atheists, however, just reject bo...
by RCSaunders
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 484
Views: 10749

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Well look at the world right now! Then again look at human history. All the warring, the stone age, copper, bronze, iron, steel, black powder, nuclear. Imperialism, Colonialism, etc! ALL based on the fear of death. And that's exactly where all that fear is taking us, to our own idiotic self annihil...
by RCSaunders
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 208
Views: 2056

Re: Silly Religion

Veritas Aequitas wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:18 am
Unfortunately for you, your information and thinking is very outdated.
I am definitely ignoring them.
Good!