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by ala1993
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:24 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

Mickthinks wrote: I am delighted to have given you an opportunity to brag I am similarly delighted that you have equated an understanding of a topic and the subsequent admittance of said understanding with an act of posturing. Earlier in this thread, you wrote: I used to admire people who wrote lik...
by ala1993
Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:34 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

I think one of the problems with B&T is that the published work is an unfinished draft (Heidegger abandoned it midway through when he started to conceive of Being as being something altogether more fundamental than beings). I still maintain that I found it to be quite clear and thoroughly enjoyed st...
by ala1993
Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:45 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

Arising UK wrote: Remember Wittgenstein, "What can be said at all can be said clearly;" Preface - TLP. Actually, I'd probably agree with you about this. However, I don't agree with Wittgenstein (or, for that matter, the positivist tradition) about what constitutes 'clarity'. I don't think that comp...
by ala1993
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:43 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

I've come to believe the apparent depth is merely artifice 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 without us having to put in some effort. I've always found Heidegger to be very intelligible. In fact, he's pr...
by ala1993
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:41 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Basis of Morality
Replies: 2
Views: 1394

Re: The Basis of Morality

We could even argue that religion is a means of maintaining codes of morality, rather than morality being a product of religion. Rather than there being 'no morality without God', we argue that there is 'no God without morality'.
by ala1993
Tue May 17, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: The Arts of the Beautiful by Etienne Gilson
Replies: 14
Views: 43439

Re: The Arts of the Beautiful by Etienne Gilson

Zizek is a Marxist and an atheist. He experiences, thinks, and appreciates events and things in Marxist and atheistic concepts and symbols. That such concepts and symbols can prevent an authentic appreciation of beauty is obviously possible. Zizek combines Lacan, Hegel and Marx. Of the three, it is...
by ala1993
Tue May 17, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: The Arts of the Beautiful by Etienne Gilson
Replies: 14
Views: 43439

Re: The Arts of the Beautiful by Etienne Gilson

How can anyone make the claim that anyone else 'cannot experience beauty'? What a ridiculous thing to claim! How can you or anyone else tell Zizek (or anyone, for that matter) what beauty is and how it is to be experienced?
by ala1993
Mon May 16, 2011 4:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Scientific rights
Replies: 11
Views: 3541

Re: Scientific rights

Hexhammer wrote: Not so much because it's science, more like plausibility and group think. The science taught in high school (or secondary school, for those of you in the UK) is an attempt to do two things: firstly, to demonstrate the importance of a critical orientation towards established 'facts'...
by ala1993
Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Scientific rights
Replies: 11
Views: 3541

Re: Scientific rights

Do you mean faith that the process of critical observation itself works? Yes. That being said, such faith is apparent only in the activities which constitute critical scientific enquiry; put more simply, we don't 'have' but rather 'do' faith. Zizek has written about faith being retroactive, insofar...
by ala1993
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Scientific rights
Replies: 11
Views: 3541

Re: Scientific rights

Converge wrote: science is not faith. Science is this process: 1) Form a hypothesis. 2) Gather data and test the hypothesis. 3) Form a conclusion based on the tests. I think you're narrowing the field of possible meanings of the term 'faith'. If I'm not mistaken, you're making the distinction betwe...
by ala1993
Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27238

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

Chaz Wyman wrote: What you are leaning towards is hypostesization, and that is exactly what Soviet Communism relied on to establish State Capitalism. So you mean reification? I don't accept that charge - it's a classical Marxist idea to argue that there is a distinction between a concept and a physi...
by ala1993
Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:11 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27238

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

Chaz Wyman wrote: capitalism is not a cause or volitional agent I'm torn in two directions when I consider this statement. On the one hand, I agree with you: the 'agents' are the individuals who merely act and 'capitalism' is a convenient umbrella term for their actions, placing them into a teleolo...
by ala1993
Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27238

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

It's lovely to experience proper intellectual wit at work ...
by ala1993
Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27238

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

Arising_uk wrote:
spike wrote:... One doesn't have to apologize for a system that grew and evolved out of humankind's natural dispositions and propensities.
How so Spike?

And if so why does this not apply to any socio-economic system?
Here here!
by ala1993
Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27238

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

Democracy is impossible without private ownership because private property — resources beyond the arbitrary reach of the state — provides the only secure basis for political opposition and intellectual freedom Schlesinger is wrong, insofar as he seems to imply an either/or distinction between priva...