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by Wyman
Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Is Religion Bad For Society?
Replies: 58
Views: 9526

Re: Is Religion Bad For Society?

No, it is good. I agree with the Grand Inquisitor. The masses need to be told what to do. If not directed by someone/something that at least ostensibly advocates for moral restraint (don't kill, don't steal, etc.), then they will find something else to follow, which usually leads to some form of gen...
by Wyman
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Western Philosophy is bankrupt
Replies: 40
Views: 8803

Re: Western Philosophy is bankrupt

The eyes of George Berkeley and John Locke were blind to the chief spectral component of sunlight. Mull that over. There aren't too many Lockean or Berkeley idealists out there. Didn't you get to second semester in your undergraduate philosophy class? Hume, Kant? Anti-foundationalist philosophers a...
by Wyman
Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Understanding Forum participants
Replies: 213
Views: 27611

Re: Understanding Forum participants

If a state of mind or belief can not be supported by a logical argument, it 'can not' be true. Please use philosophical examples if attempting to debunk the above. Now we're getting somewhere. I agree that a true belief supported by a logical argument is as good a definition of knowledge as I've se...
by Wyman
Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Understanding Forum participants
Replies: 213
Views: 27611

Re: Understanding Forum participants

"a thing is itself because it has attributes different from the attributes of any other thing" I'll accept that as true. However, I'll add that the enumeration of attributes can only be determined by a method. Until you elucidate a method, the proposition is too vague to be of use. I can throw out a...
by Wyman
Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Understanding Forum participants
Replies: 213
Views: 27611

Re: Understanding Forum participants

wleg. I like your general idea of wiping the slate clean and attempting to have a philosophical discussion without relying on the jargon of past philosophers. However, I agree with the others that your level of detail leaves something to be desired, which may be an inability to explain or may be som...
by Wyman
Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

That was a reply to James Markam's very first post.
by Wyman
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

If we can accept that we know we exist, then I would argue its possible to know that we are certain of knowing personal things. One is that we are aware, and the other is that we are aware of something that effects that awareness, so simply put, I believe it's possible to know of our subjective bei...
by Wyman
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

Sorry James for basically repeating what you said in the first part of my post. BTW, wleg, there is no hostility here. My questioning your definitions is in the spirit of friendly discussion and I'm sure many/all/some of the problems I may see in it so far may be explained by not fully understanding...
by Wyman
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

Sorry, this post was written before I read James' last post you on the other hand seem to be saying that all interpretations of information are knowledge, but that some is correct where as others are not, is this right? Yes, our knowledge or state of mind can be realistic or unrealistic. To say that...
by Wyman
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

The fact that some will not have the mental astuteness to construct knowledge is a primary benefit of language. It really only takes one person to construct knowledge of a thing and pass that knowledge to others using language. This relates to my next question, which was going to be, can a person h...
by Wyman
Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

I would call that criterion something like scientific verification, or 'duszeckian pragmatism.' Let's see if it passes wleg' s muster. It does account for false inductions by weeding them out through future testing and perhaps - peer review, or societal norms?
by Wyman
Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

OK, then I submit a proposition that is merely a modification of your proposition. Knowledge involves not just recognizing the attributes that apply to the object in question, but correctly recognizing those attributes. But then by what criterion do you judge the recognition to be correct as opposed...
by Wyman
Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is the nature of knowledge
Replies: 35
Views: 8331

Re: What is the nature of knowledge

If knowledge is equating previously learned attributes with 'the existence of things', then where did the previously learned attribute come from? Socrates may have claimed that this remembrance came from past lives lived. Today, most would say it emanates from our inductive capacities. The (your) mo...