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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 2.0: Chopra vs Shermer

August 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

God 2.0. The quantum flapdoodle of New Age author Deepak Chopra is a failed effort to update medieval theology… I clicked on this right away, only to find that Mike Shermer was taking on Chopra. I have a few problems with quantum theology, but even after a ‘dog does the paper’ treatment of quantum mechanics […]

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Tags: Philosophy · 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

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

Spinoza versus Kant

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Link to Spinoza contra Kant

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Tags: Booknotes · Philosophy

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

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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Tags: Kant · Philosophy

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

Harris vs Kant

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Sam Harris, positivist, and arrogant I was a little unfair to Harris, and my criticism is only of the celebrity effect that can make idiocy seem rational, and influence a huge peanut gallery. My last remark solves the problem: Harris is going to put his views in writing, without consulting the literature. This is in […]

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Tags: ethics · Philosophy

Gould book authors, and materialism/idealism

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York We just discussed the book on Gould by the same two authors who wrote the book above: we have commented here at length on that book, use the search box. It is an interesting […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy · physics · Schopenhauer

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

TI neither an idealism nor transcendental

January 14th, 2010 · No Comments

The question of transcendental idealism has been totally filtered out of public philsoophy, but it is a classic insight into the limits of scientism. We witness the stupidity of reductionist science everyday, a two-centuries old critique and repair ignored completely, a sad situation. The value of that perspective lies not in idealism (TI is not […]

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Tags: Philosophy

More on biocentrism and idealism

December 17th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Comments on Biocentrism Demystified reece sullivan said, December 17, 2009 at 12:11 am · Stephen, Would you elaborate on various flavors of idealism; I’m familiar with Berkley, of course, but don’t know how he differs from others, or rather, how others differ from him. Also, what’s your take on panpsychism? I’ve found it attractive, but […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · physics

Consciousness trying to explain consciousness

November 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Schopenhauer and death reece sullivan said, November 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm · I’ve had a strange relationship with William Blake in that he articulated a lot of things I’d already thought, only a couple hundred years earlier . . . and that we also have the same birthday, oddly, which will actually […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Schopenhauer · Science & Religion

Comment on Darwinism vs Schopenhauer

October 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Reductionist Darwinism vs Schopenhauer Stephen P. Smith said, October 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm · There is a retreat into our own private ontological cocoon to seek a calm vantage point and place to ponder. There must be such a safe place to go if we are going to make sense of our […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy

Heidegger cult

October 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

End of Heidegger cult? How many scholarly stakes in the heart will we need before Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), still regarded by some as Germany’s greatest 20th-century philosopher, reaches his final resting place as a prolific, provincial Nazi hack? Overrated in his prime, bizarrely venerated by acolytes even now, the pretentious old Black Forest babbler makes […]

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Scientism and the antinomies of freedom

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The Science of Freedom Students of science these days are given a very narrow history of their subject. But real science education should include the history of modern philosophic reaction to Newtonianism, and the paradoxes that are generated by reductionism. Beginning with Rousseau and Kant a counterpoint to modern science arose that tried to clarify […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science

Self and space-time

September 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Arnhart comment on Essentialism and Self Larry Arnhart said, September 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm · So the human self is beyond “the space-time framework”? I have no idea what you are talking about. Could you please explain how something is real although it does not exist in time or space? Larry, if I could […]

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The use of history by philosophers

August 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

From Evolving Thoughts: The use of history by philosophers One thing is clear: scientists, and Darwinists, have abused the study of history. Scientists because they obsessively deny freedom in thinking history is reducible to physical laws, and Darwinists because their false view of evolution is the source of endlessly denied endlessly applied Social Darinism. The […]

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Tags: History · Kant · Philosophy

Nietzsche overrated?

August 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Comments on Nietzsche post Stephen P. Smith said, August 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm Here is another N-man link that is worthy of review: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche James said, August 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QslXTuhQUCY

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Wolin enters the reason/faith fray

June 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Reason vs. Faith: the Battle Continues, an essay by Richard Wolin. This discussion by Wolin is somewhat more helpful than the Fish/Eagleton postmod concession to the antisecularists (which is of course not an endorsement of all Wolin’s statements, & check out his Seduction of Unreason). It is significant that he starts with Hegel (why not […]

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Tags: Philosophy · religion · Science · secularism

Philosophy and the ‘great divide’

June 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Great Divide James’ spontaneous sense of the decline of philosophy since Kant is significant. And if we look at the eonic effect, the modern transition and its Great Divide we see why this period was so clustered with innovations, cultural, not just technological, innovations.

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Tags: Philosophy · The Eonic Effect

Philosophy in decline

June 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Experimental Philosophy James said, June 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm · Philosophy in decline? We have to speak in the past tense here. Disregarding all of the praise for Quine, Kripke, Wittgenstein, etc., has the 20th century-present produced one philosopher who can be mentioned in the same breath as Kant? Bull’s eye. You […]

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Tags: Philosophy · The Eonic Effect