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by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 13
Views: 92

Re: Silly Religion

Which religions do not have a concept of diety? Well, for example, Deists believe God exists, but is now irrelevant. Some strains of Buddhism acknowledge no God or gods at all. And Polytheists have the word "god," but mean something entirely differently conceptually by it. (For this reason, experts...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 26
Views: 214

Re: The problem with Conservatism

By this I mean that to those wealthy and IN CONTROL of the general left-wing ideologies, they interpret groups rather than individuals as what matters. This seems to be true. Leftists are generally collectivists. But I think there are two reasons why some people want to be collectivists. One is tha...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 26
Views: 214

Re: The problem with Conservatism

gaffo wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:40 am
how is Ottawa this winter?
You should ask them.
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Silly Religion
Replies: 13
Views: 92

Re: Silly Religion

All religions, however, have the common Golden Rule as a morality, the majority reference a Universal Man (Christ Type Savior) and each religion has an emphasis on traditional family as a key feature (husband/wife/kids). For all the differences, religions have a common grounding. Nope. Even a rudim...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 26
Views: 214

Re: The problem with Conservatism

gaffo wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:40 am
why the secrecy?
It's irrelevant.

I prefer to keep irrelevancies out of the way.
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Equality and Schooling
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Equality and Schooling

"Altruism" is premised on inequality, so it's not automatically obvious what you mean. It seems an oxymoron, as given. Interesting. Do you mean an inequality resulting from the altruist assigning greater value to the best interests of others than to himself? Or do you cite inequality on some other ...
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 26
Views: 214

Re: The problem with Conservatism

Gary Childress wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:16 pm
I would go so far as to say that the Trump phenomena could very well even be described as a case of have nots wanting to change the status quo.
Well, I'm not an American, but from where I sit, I'd say that's an ironclad certainty.
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 470
Views: 8450

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

RCSaunders wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:01 pm
Immanuel Can wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:38 pm
Aw, RC...the poor guy can't help himself.

He's the unthinking pawn of prior insentient causal forces. He has to be irrational...he has no choice. :wink:
I detect a bulge in your cheek.
There might be. But which cheek? :wink:
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 26
Views: 214

Re: The problem with Conservatism

As Scott points out, there is a tendency in some cases for the haves to want to preserve the status quo and the have nots to want to change it--depending on whatever degree the status quo can be shown to represent a justified state of affairs versus an unjustified one. Too simplistic, Gary. If what...
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 470
Views: 8450

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

RCSaunders wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:17 pm
Of course it does let you off the hook for being responsible for what you do, since you don't choose to do it.
Aw, RC...the poor guy can't help himself.

He's the unthinking pawn of prior insentient causal forces. He has to be irrational...he has no choice. :wink:
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 470
Views: 8450

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

ad verecundiam fallacy Fallacy fallacy again. :D Read: "The ad verecundiam fallacy concerns appeals to authority or expertise. Fundamentally, the fallacy involves accepting as evidence for a proposition the pronouncement of someone who is taken to be an authority but is not really an authority." --...
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 470
Views: 8450

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

The way to virtue is reason You're wrong about that. Spinoza was a loony on this one too. There are no "Necessitarian Ethics." The very idea is an oxymoron. That which comes about by "necessity" is, by definition, nothing to do with "ethics" at all. Ethics are about choices. In Determinism, there a...
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 470
Views: 8450

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

From the "Free Will" entry in Stamford: many in the modern period saw belief in free will and an afterlife in which God rewards the just and punishes the wicked as necessary to motivate us to act morally. According to Spinoza, so far from this being necessary to motivate us to be moral, it actually...
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Can a man really turn into a woman?
Replies: 289
Views: 4083

Re: Can a man really turn into a woman?

Sculptor wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:38 pm
I know what the NTS fallacy means.
Great! :D Then from now on, you'll be using it correctly, I suppose.

I'm not holding my breath, though....
by Immanuel Can
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 470
Views: 8450

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Sculptor wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:41 pm
Free will is an invention of religion; wholly political, and has no metaphysical basis.
I guess all the experts are wrong...https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/freewill/ :lol: