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by ala1993
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: The death sentence / capitol punishment
Replies: 7
Views: 3090

Re: The death sentence / capitol punishment

This is an interesting post with some ideas worth discussing. I think the death sentence is wrong because anyone who is willing to commit a heinous crime is not rational. Do you mean that no one 'in their right mind' would kill? What about someone who reasons that the only way for them to protect ei...
by ala1993
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Justice v. Mercy
Replies: 16
Views: 6423

Re: Justice v. Mercy

I argue that mercy is a necessary ethical constant in human affairs Do you? I can't seem to find an attempt to actually argue this in your post! That being said, I think it's a point worth discussing. First of all, how are we to understand 'mercy' (more as an activity than as a concept, although th...
by ala1993
Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:50 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Politeness and Philosophy
Replies: 7
Views: 2724

Politeness and Philosophy

To what extent should philosophical activity be willing to be 'polite' (or, perhaps, 'tactful')? If we claim that it is often necessary to go 'behind' everyday language in order to investigate and clarify many of the ideas we tend to hold as sacred then what happens when we find ourselves, in this p...
by ala1993
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Freedom of the Internet
Replies: 1
Views: 1471

Freedom of the Internet

To what extent should the internet be 'free'? By this, I don't mean 'free of charge' but rather unrestricted as far as illegal activity is concerned. Should an individual be actively prevented from accessing sites which host or facilitate the acquisition of copyrighted content or is this tantamount ...
by ala1993
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: free will-how can it exist?
Replies: 76
Views: 20896

Re: free will-how can it exist?

With my apologies for (possibly) appearing patronising, I have never really seen this argument as anything more than a warm-up or introductory corridor into a clearer manner of critical activity. This was put much better by Kant (many years ago!), but put simply there is enough weight behind either ...
by ala1993
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Don't Vote
Replies: 226
Views: 40733

Re: Don't Vote

One of the arguments in support of voting is that democracy is not a scaffold in which we live our lives but rather the combined effort of those who participate; as such, we vote in order to allow ourselves to continue to make the choice as to whether or not to do so in the future. Another argument ...
by ala1993
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Masters, Slaves & Meanings
Replies: 1
Views: 1233

Re: Masters, Slaves & Meanings

Any chance of opening this article up to non-subscribers?
by ala1993
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Recommendations for a 1st Year Undergraduate
Replies: 12
Views: 4972

Re: Recommendations for a 1st Year Undergraduate

Don't be concerned if, when you're coming to a text or thinker for the first time, you mainly want to read about them (rather than read the primary texts). It's a great way to approach a subject and there'll usually be suggested reading at the end which is crucial for a wider understanding.
by ala1993
Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Recommendations for a 1st Year Undergraduate
Replies: 12
Views: 4972

Re: Recommendations for a 1st Year Undergraduate

Hi TJ - given that you're mainly into Epistemology, Logic and Language, here's a little list of some books that might interest you (and there's not much point giving a talk about something that you don't find interesting, right?). You might already be aware of some of them but I'll add them all the ...
by ala1993
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:02 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead
Replies: 19
Views: 5487

Re: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead

your point at the outset was it's a mistake to dismiss Heidegger simply because we consider him to have 'nothing much worth saying'. Here's what I wrote at the outset: Perhaps it's that you don't understand it. It is quite a cliche to reject something on the basis that it doesn't make sense to us w...
by ala1993
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Death of Postmodernism And Beyond
Replies: 22
Views: 9650

Re: The Death of Postmodernism And Beyond

Postmodern thought, alongside Phenomenology (to which it owes a tremedous debt, often left unacknowledged) and Logical Positivism are all both continuations and critiques of the 'Enlightenment project'. One of the most important ideas, initially framed by Kant, was that Enlightenment should never 'e...
by ala1993
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead
Replies: 19
Views: 5487

Re: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead

I've dismissed the article due to it's having, in my opinion, nothing much worth saying. I quite admire the style as style. My point from the outset was precisely that it is a mistake to dismiss something simply because we consider it to have 'nothing much worth saying'. It seems that I was right t...
by ala1993
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead
Replies: 19
Views: 5487

Re: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead

Hi Mick it's about seeing Heidegger's ideas in the comics of Zippy the Pinhead. I'll concede to you that you weren't talking about Heidegger directly (although I still maintain that it was reasonable for me to think that you were, as your quote appeared in the form of a tagline and not a quote and y...
by ala1993
Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead
Replies: 19
Views: 5487

Re: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead

Hi Mick. Sorry I didn't address your question. You wrote: I used to admire people who wrote like this, seeming to see deeper into stuff than I could. Now I've come to believe the apparent depth is merely artifice Given that the article linked to at the beginning of the thread was about Heidegger and...
by ala1993
Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead
Replies: 19
Views: 5487

Re: The Heideggerian Disruptions of Zippy The Pinhead

LOL You're bragging, ala. I guess you can't help it, but why not be honest and admit it? You're making assumptions and dismissing that which you haven't comprehended. Admit that first. While we're here, if you're really finding Heidegger difficult why not try Dreyfus' guide to Being and Time (here'...