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by Immanuel Can
Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The search for pleasure is the search for god
Replies: 28
Views: 4153

Re: The search for pleasure is the search for god

Indeed. It is a complex field. I'm just trying to figure out where Nikolai, Duszek et al are happy to position themselves on the spectrum. No point in discussing if we don't discuss what they actually want to advance, right?
by Immanuel Can
Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "philosophy" of Religion
Replies: 34
Views: 5534

Re: "philosophy" of Religion

All religions are this way, you won't find a single religion that is not, and you won't find a real philosophy that is this way. Au contraire, mon ami: I have met many who subscribe to views traditionally called "philosophical" rather than "religious" whose hard-headedness, bigotry, and, if I may s...
by Immanuel Can
Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Immanuel Can
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

Re: Immanuel Can

True. But there is in this puzzle. If you have the background in the two disciplines I named, you should not have much trouble at all tracking down the answer. And my indirectness has purpose -- reticence and reasons, as 'twere. P.S. Impressive that you are a Middle Earther and can summon such detai...
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Immanuel Can
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

Re: Immanuel Can

Oh, come on...have a little fun.

Don't you even want to play, "What has it got in its nasty little pocketses?"

Then in my "pocketses" the answers will stay.
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "philosophy" of Religion
Replies: 34
Views: 5534

Re: "philosophy" of Religion

Ah, I have found you again, dear VOT. How nice to have a friend so soon after my arrival. Have you solved my little brain puzzle yet? (see Introduce Yourself forum) :wink: In response to your post here, similarities and differences exist between many things. The key question is, "What is a substanti...
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Immanuel Can
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

Re: Immanuel Can

Your solicitude for my welfare is kind: however, as you know, timidity is a poor motivation for taking up philosophy. I remain undaunted by the prospect. Besides, some arrows are sharp, while others come from toy bows and have rubber sticky-cups on the end. How attentive have you been to my previous...
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Immanuel Can
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

Re: Immanuel Can

Answer 1 = No. Smart man, though. Badly misunderstood these days. I'm partial to Allan Wood's take on him.

Answer 2 = Of course, but not just there.

Answer 3 = I don't bluff, except in Texas Hold 'Em and occasionally in Risk.
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Immanuel Can
Replies: 41
Views: 7439

Immanuel Can

Male, fifties; by training, a philosopher and theologian both.

Socrates said he knew nothing. I am sure, therefore, that my own wisdom is strictly limited. I cannot account for most of what goes on in the universe...

But Immanuel can.
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "philosophy" of Religion
Replies: 34
Views: 5534

Re: "philosophy" of Religion

The term "religion" is an imaginative construct from the secularist perspective. It supposes an essential "likeness" among items in the category it embraces, a "likeness" those systems themselves deny. It also presupposes that their denials are inauthentic, since it brackets them all anyway under cr...
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is evangalism a moral imperative for Christians?
Replies: 16
Views: 6072

Re: Is evangalism a moral imperative for Christians?

If you think someone is in danger of stepping on a land mine, are you morally obliged to tell them?
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Delusions of Man regarding God and religion
Replies: 33
Views: 4523

Re: Delusions of Man regarding God and religion

Which question do you want to tackle first?
by Immanuel Can
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The search for pleasure is the search for god
Replies: 28
Views: 4153

Re: The search for pleasure is the search for god

Is your view a form of deontology or a form of consequentialism? If it's a deontology, from whence comes our "duty" to believe in it or practice what it requires? If it's a consequentialism, is it a material consequentialism, or a so-called "enlightened" consequentialism? i.e. Does it identify mater...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Nonsense on Stilts
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Re: Nonsense on Stilts

The Multiverse Hypothesis was proposed to solve the question, "Why does something exist, rather than nothing?' It's proposed answer is, "Since we live in an infinite universe, all things that can be are." This answer is wrong. It's premised on a straightforward fallacy. It assumes that given enough ...
by Immanuel Can
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The search for pleasure is the search for god
Replies: 28
Views: 4153

Re: The search for pleasure is the search for god

You forgot the indefinite article in your heading.
by Immanuel Can
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Nonsense on Stilts
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Re: Nonsense on Stilts

Is JM for it, or against it? That ironic ending...

It's ambiguous, isn't it?