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by Immanuel Can
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: TRUMP AND IRAN
Replies: 37
Views: 253

Re: TRUMP AND IRAN

Remains to be seen how it'll play out. At the very least: everything is on the table now. I've known several Iranians, and in fact, was out two nights ago having dinner with one of my closest Iranian (he prefers "Persian") friends. Those that I have met have been lovely people...urbane, cultured, s...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 352
Views: 7228

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

"Caused constraint"? I was not speaking of the constraints, but of the chooser. The constraints may indeed be products of prior causes; but that does nothing to limit what the chooser can do as a result. A poor man may choose to be resentful, or grateful for what he does have. That's his choice, gi...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Virtue-signalling tip
Replies: 52
Views: 661

Re: Virtue-signalling tip

Could you cite some examples? Having empathy for someone in dire straits is hardly the same thing as saying they are 'morally superior'. Sure. Read something like "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," by Franz Fanon, and you'll find a classic example of it. There's a whole "academic" cottage industry built ...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Virtue-signalling tip
Replies: 52
Views: 661

Re: Virtue-signalling tip

It was a product of the fact that there's plenty of rhetoric around these days to the effect that simply having been a "victim" or an "oppressed" entity makes one morally superior Could you cite some examples? Having empathy for someone in dire straits is hardly the same thing as saying they are 'm...
by Immanuel Can
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 352
Views: 7228

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

Immanuel, even a tiny sliver of will that is free of all constraints is enough to qualify as 'Free Will'. Not "all," B. You can, for example, be constrained by the needs of your family, the practicalities of the moment, the limits of your finances, your age and health, and so on...but none of that ...
by Immanuel Can
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Virtue-signalling tip
Replies: 52
Views: 661

Re: Virtue-signalling tip

The ONLY people that deserve praise are the blokes\lasses at the coal face. Praise for what? For being needy? I hardly think that destitution valourizes anyone. Rather, I would suggest they deserve our personal sympathy and, if we can do it rightly, our practical support, don't you? I am talking ab...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Virtue-signalling tip
Replies: 52
Views: 661

Re: Virtue-signalling tip

I'm not going to get into a pointless non-argument about individual billionaires and what they do with a teensy (tax deductible) portion of it. You're too cynical on Gates. I think he's the real deal. We started with an individual billionaire here; why shouldn't we continue in that vein? But let th...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 352
Views: 7228

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

Immanuel, even a tiny sliver of will that is free of all constraints is enough to qualify as 'Free Will'. Not "all," B. You can, for example, be constrained by the needs of your family, the practicalities of the moment, the limits of your finances, your age and health, and so on...but none of that ...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 352
Views: 7228

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

A 'will' that is not caused by any other events is random, not free. "Free" does not mean "without reasons." It means only "without total constraint." A will can even be partly constrained by circumstances, and yet be conclusively free in the final decision. And certainly, "free" does not imply "wi...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Virtue-signalling tip
Replies: 52
Views: 661

Re: Virtue-signalling tip

There's quite a difference between being wealthy in a normal way and being a multi billionaire. It's all "scale," though. I've stood in an open field in which 4 million people were trying to live on less than $1 a day. I saw how they live. I've entered their homes, partaken of their hospitality and...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Can a man really turn into a woman?
Replies: 236
Views: 3576

Re: Can a man really turn into a woman?

SpheresOfBalance wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:33 pm
Just responding to your ridiculousness, in kind!
Sayonara.
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Hold up Henry; what's a libertarian?
Replies: 251
Views: 2118

Re: Belinda

What are mental, physical, and emotional rights ? ----- https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/appeal-court-rules-father-must-refer-to-daughter-as-him Seems to me: the kid in this piece is bein' abused, by the very system you say should be protectin' her. This is a very, very good point. Today's teenage...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The problem with Conservatism
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: The problem with Conservatism

This is just silly. It's like you've swallowed every trope, every cliche, every silly slander the Left raises, instead of dealing with the differences that exist on substantive issues. If were going to take that sort of absurd propaganda seriously, we've really lost our way. A better idea: read Jona...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Can a man really turn into a woman?
Replies: 236
Views: 3576

Re: Can a man really turn into a woman?

SpheresOfBalance wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:11 pm
Because you have no teeth!
I'm sorry...that sort of remark is just way, way too silly for my speed.

Are we going to do any philosophy here, or are you just out of that business?

We can return to the OP, or say "Sayonara."
by Immanuel Can
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Can a man really turn into a woman?
Replies: 236
Views: 3576

Re: Can a man really turn into a woman?

r=#FF0000]Those that truly believe in leprechaun like beings are holding the truly learned back, lest we put you all in the whitecoats with sleeves that tie in the back, where you surely belong! Can you say rubber room?[/color] Nothing to say, then? Just ad hominems? A pity, that. But I shall take ...