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From Korner on Kant: Moral Freedom and Natural Necessity

September 5th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I scanned a passage from Korner’s book on Kant Check Amazon for a cheap copy: http://www.amazon.com/Kant-S-K%C3%B6rner/dp/B002QVOUDY/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315244333&sr=1-2 THE POSSIBILITY OF MORAL EXPERIENCE AND ITS RELATION TO SCIENCE AND RELIGION I. Moral Freedom and Natural Necessity I F the experience of conflict between duty and desire is not an illusion; if the judge’s familiar references to criminal […]

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Tags: ethics · General · Kant

Harris’ The Moral Landscape

October 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Just started looking through Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape. My previous sense of alarm has waned considerably: the book is a form of ‘scientism mud’ and so non-descript that I fail to locate an ethical thesis. The shelves of university libraries (I forget the number series, BL something?) are filled with shelf upon shelf of […]

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Science not even in ball park on ethics

October 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Science Knows Best By KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH We have discussed Harris’ views here critically, several times, now his book is out. Appiah exposes the problem right away, and one is left puzzled by Harris’ choice of utilitarianism for a science here. I always recommend Kant here, despite the fact that his ethical discourses have often […]

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Kant, freedom, and reductionist science

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Freedom Evolves This issue is the classic snafu created by causal science. You would think that scientists with so many resources at their disposal would be able to snap out of it and at least read the history of this question. What I find remarkable is the way that ‘scientific’ publics are unaware of the […]

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God, soul, free will

August 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Who cares if God exists? This discussion, e.g. the claims about reality versus perception, is very much a case of watered down Kantianism. The issue is simple: the questions of god, soul, and free will, are insoluble, but rearise at all points as inescapable metaphysical entities. We can approach them in ways that are not […]

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Tags: Kant · Science & Religion

Newton’s laws, the a priori, and the mental physics pack of all space-time apes (man included)

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2010/08/19/the-unreasonable-stupidity-of-the-physics-cult/ I was a little unfair to this article, which is worth reading, and which shows that, ironically, physicists have a better ‘design’ argument than religionists–they just can’t quite get a handle on it. I should note that Kant, with what success (?), tried to show that Newton’s laws were ‘a priori’, a task that […]

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · physics

Haidt opens Edge junk science lectures on ethics (with a swipe at Kant)

August 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/morality10/morality.haidt.html: Haidt at Edge Accusing Kant and Benthan of Asperger’s Syndrome to open a discussion of ethics is a bit much. (btw, So what if they did have Asperger’s? It is almost a recommendation, quite apart from the groupie science at places like Edge.org, where everyone is a suckup trying to get a book deal) […]

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Tags: ethics · Kant · Philosophy

The question of freedom (and causality) in history…

July 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The question of freedom (and causality) in history, thence in ethics, is raised in the first paragraph of Kant’s classic essay on history: 4.4 Kant’s Challenge

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Kant eliminated by Big Science educational conditioning

July 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Biology and free will This post makes obvious that science education is crippled by its agenda of scientism. The issue of biology and free will was addressed by Kant two hundred years ago, and has a vast tradition of its own. But Big Science has completely censored all this. Scientists think themselves omniscient. The sad […]

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Agnosticism and the noumenal

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

We have already linked today to: An Agnostic Manifesto, but the essay is worth reading. I was often over time ‘a sort of atheist’ without realizing it, and this position was really closer to agnosticism than atheism. With the arrival of the New Atheists, vacating the atheist position becomes an necessity since this cultic brand […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Schopenhauer

Comment on Pantheism

June 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments

James comment on Pantheism James said, June 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm · “Of all religious or spiritual traditions, Pantheism – the approach of Einstein, Hawking and many other scientists – is the only one that passes the muster of the world’s most militant atheist.” Actually, I still don’t think Pali Buddhism has been bested […]

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Tags: Kant · religion

Booknotes: Good Without God

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Review of Epstein’s Good Without God The idea that morality requires no theism is actually a Kantian idea. In fact dogmatic theists and dogmatic atheists are equally a problem for moral discussions. Atheists who wish to discuss ethics need to have a clear discussion of Nietzsche and not bluff their way through on the way […]

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Kant, philosophy of history, non-randomness, and Kant’s successors

May 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

My previous post was very hard on Ruse. There is one consolation: Ruse is not the only second-rate philosopher these days. EVERY philosopher, post-Kant is somehow second-rate, a world historical puzzle in itself. Since Kant’s work is egregiously complex, you might read the books of Bryan Magee on Schopenhauer and/or philosophy and/or Wagner to get […]

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · Philosophy

Kant and Protestantism

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

With respect to Hedges’ essay, discussed already today: Kant is in many ways a better transit point for the refugees of Christianity than Nietzsche. Nietzsche is filled with egregious nonsense painted up to look brilliant and to make himself look original in the wake of German Classical philosophy. And his nihilism is foreseen and addressed […]

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The Iron Cage: Harris and the finishing touches of the perfect prison

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Harris’ Toward a scince of morality Harris seems to equate the moral issue with maximizing well-being. My sense that he is doomed from the start seems confrimed. I should add that there is absolutely nothing wrong with such an attempt, pioneered in a different way by Kant (if not Plato). The danger here, though, is […]

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More on ‘Soul Talk’

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Relink to ‘Soul Talk’ No self-respecting professor of philosophy wants to discuss the soul in class. It reeks of old-time theology, or, worse, New Age quantum treacle. The soul has been a dead end in philosophy ever since the positivists unmasked its empty referential center. Scientific philosophy has shown us that there’s no there there. […]

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Soul talk and positivistic failure mode

May 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Soul talk No self-respecting professor of philosophy wants to discuss the soul in class. It reeks of old-time theology, or, worse, New Age quantum treacle. The soul has been a dead end in philosophy ever since the positivists unmasked its empty referential center. Scientific philosophy has shown us that there’s no there there. This article, […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer and the New Age

May 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

MBFM comment on Karmapa MBFM raises the issue of the right ‘Buddhist dharma’ to pursue in the modern world. Original Buddhism is so elegant and simple that the steps would seem transparent, but they are not. Westerners rarely succeed at meditation, while Indians seem to know it all first hand. Deepak Chopra talks a good […]

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Tags: Kant · New Age · Schopenhauer

A review of a book on Kant’s essay on history

May 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

I review a book of essays, from Cambridge University Press on Kant’s essay on history: The mystery of Kant’s challenge and the evolution connection It is a bit outrageous that this book was written without reference to my solution to ‘Kant’s Challenge’ from that essay, but then again it was probably no accident. The Darwin […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Kant · The Eonic Effect

Reviving the Humanities, and the bad science education behind Darwinian scientism

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Book Review–Troy Jollimore on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities Review of Martha Nussbaum’s Not For Profit By Troy Jollimore Nussbaum’s book looks interesting and I will track it down stat. I think, however, that the situation calls for something more than trying to revive the Humanities. As culture reaches the final stages of existence in […]

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · Philosophy · Science & Religion

Hegel, atheism, and Solomon’s In the Spirit of Hegel

April 17th, 2010 · 4 Comments

In the Spirit of Hegel (Paperback) ~ Robert C. Solomon Watching the new atheists, I often think of this book by Robert Solomon, a humanist yet student of Hegel, and his tome on Hegel’s classic that attempts to claim that Hegel was an atheist. Others have thought so, and the same, for Kant. The point […]

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Tags: atheism · Booknotes · Kant · Philosophy · Science & Religion

Laws of history and Kantian antinomies

April 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Post at History & Theory listserve on the ‘laws of history’ debate, and Kantian antinomies: The antinomies here are actually a staged debate, so I am delighted in your excellent response, and welcome the vigorous effort to sense the original meaning of Kant’s essay, and to really consider the implications of the Third Antinomy (which […]

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Harris’ vaulting ambition: ethics and scientism

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Moral confusion in the name of ‘science’ by Sam Harris, Project Reason http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5343 from dawkins site Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at the 2010 TED conference for exactly 18 minutes. The short format of these talks is a brilliant innovation and surely the reason for their potent half-life on the Internet. However, […]

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Tags: ethics · Kant · neuroscience

Hunting for the absence of a cause…

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Freedom’s causality…

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Tags: Kant · The Eonic Effect