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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

Hegel: Christian or atheist? another view

May 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Was Hegel an Atheist Stephen P. Smith said, May 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm · Was Hegel an atheist? Here is a worthy essay: http://philosophy.eserver.org/hegel-christianity.html Nothing I said yesterday took sides on this question. Mostly it is a case of Hegel being an atheist with respect to sillier definitions/concepts/beliefs about ‘god’.

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Booknotes: Solomon book on Hegel. Was Hegel an atheist?

May 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In the Spirit of Hegel, by Robert Solomon I was a bit cavalier with Hegel today (sorry, didn’t mean a word of it), in my post on Wright’s book and Sullivan’s review. Or perhaps not. Hegel is something of an enigma, and the book by Solomon is unusual in pursuing the underground tradition that arose […]

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Tags: atheism · Booknotes · Philosophy

Eagleton/Fish attack liberalism??

May 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Fish in his God Talk also takes on the question of liberalism etc, this I presume from Eagleton (whose book I have not read), and here their argument goes into postmodern garbage mode. I think this formulation is completely off, and an attack on liberalism is egregious here. We have seen enough of what remains […]

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Tags: 1848+ · Philosophy · politics · Science & Religion · Ultra Far Left

Self–and beyond space-time

May 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Self-and space-time There is hardly a more frustrating subject: the moment you attempt to correct the imbalance of scientism, you fall into metaphysics. That’s why the approach of Schopenhauer, thence of Kant, remains the avenue of last resort. Schopenhauer’s thinking is amusing because he never explores religious hype, or even the real implications of his […]

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Tags: Philosophy

Idealism vs materialism

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Fessing up about idealism The interaction of idealism and materialism tends to go nowhere. And the term itself doesn’t have much meaning as is. The so-called ‘transcendental idealism’ of Kant is a unique way to mediate idealism and materialism, or naturalism. And, as the eonic effect suggests, this has direct relevance to the question of […]

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Defending free will

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

How not to defend free will

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The Matrix

April 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I was in Borders and saw a book on The Matrix, the film, wikipedia info, and rented the video, taking time out to watch it. The book had all sorts of philosophic interpretations, including one related to Kant’s philosophy. The film isn’t quite to my taste, but the idea is indeed unusual for a Hollywood […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy

Three cheers for ‘methodological Samkhya naturalism’

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

comment on Nietzschean logic James said, April 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm These discussions are mostly useless given that neither side can provide a coherent and adequate definition of the “natural world.” Science defines the ‘natural world’ in such a way as to leave human psychological realities outside of nature, defining ‘methodological naturalism’ so as […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science

Visions of a ghostseer

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Visions of a Ghostseer It is hard to believe that questions of self, soul, and human nature have been reduced to the status of questions to be answered by Darwinian biological theory. It is equally hard to believe that all other approaches to these paradoxical issues, explored by Kant so cogently, have been in effect […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science & Religion

Popper’s anomalous position as ‘methodological guru’

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism One of the mysteries of current science culture is the way Karl Popper is taken as the methodological ‘take me to your leader’ guru. His views, while of the greatest interest, do not square with the average sense in which science is taken. In fact, Popper appears rather […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science · The Eonic Effect

Nietzsche’s genocidal eugenics

March 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Arnhart’s blog on Nietzsche Nietzsche was one of the first philosophers to think through the moral and political implications of Darwinian science. Arnhart at least got this much right. We have said this here many times, despite the clever way that Nietzsche hides the influence of Darwin. The trail of Nietzsche’s thought is complex, but […]

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Tags: Philosophy

Methodological naturalism, success and failure

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Debates and Darwin trials The issue of methdological naturalism is one that I am wary of negating, but, without getting into spiritual/material debates which are non-productive, it must be said that naturalistic explanation fails, so far, on the subject of evolution, and a few other things, like reducing mind to neuroscience. Those are not fixed […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy

Kant’s eerie timing, and the eonic sequence

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

The previous post on philosophers points to the way that people become more and more confused by the post-Kantian aftermath, as philosophy starts going in circles. The history of philosophy in the context of the eonic effect is a beautiful riddle: we see that the course of philosophy is bound up in the very process […]

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Tags: Philosophy · The Eonic Effect

Survey of philosophers

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

A remarkable, and somewhat alarming poll on philosophers. So who *is* the most important philosopher of the past 200 years? Voices from Plato’s cave. You know that real philosophy has died (killed off by scientism) when Kant isn’t even on the list (he lived, of course, more than two hundred years ago). Wittgenstein is a […]

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Striking out on transcendental idealism

March 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Comments on A Hidden Entrance To Transcendental Idealism OUr culture forces us to strike out completely on the issues of transcendental idealism. I am not a member of the cult, only a student of the way that Kant and Newton work together in the drama of the Enlightenment. The question is not hard: if you […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science · The Eonic Effect

The fate of reason: Kant’s early critics

March 10th, 2009 · No Comments

James comment on Reinventing the sacred: debunking Kantian ethics?? James said, March 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm Did Kant ever satisfactorily defend himself from Tittel’s accusation of being a closet utilitarian: http://books.google.com/books?id=5ihJn9EKCl4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=beiser&lr=#PPA185,M1 This comment refers to Beiser’s well-known The Fate Of Reason, a semi-classic history of the early reactions to Kant’s critical system, in the […]

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Tags: Kant · Philosophy

Reinventing the sacred: debunking Kantian ethics??

March 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

In relation to the previous post on Kant, morality, and evolution, there is an older post here (many in fact) on Reinventing the Sacred, the title of Kauffman’s recent book: Reinventing the sacred? don’t count on it from scientism, selection below. I was disconcerted by Kauffman’s book, because of his strange attack on Kantian morality, […]

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Don’t let Nietzsche’s fate be yours

March 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

7.3.4 Nietzsche among the Sans-culottes One of the characteristic traps of so-called ‘modernism’ is the way in which Nietzsche, so strangely, is taken to represent it, and this as grounds for anti-modernism in many religious critics in the postmodern vein. This reaction is evident, for example, in the ID folks with their anti-modern gambits: cf. […]

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Tags: 1848+ · atheism · Evolution · Philosophy

Face: representation, thing in itself

March 7th, 2009 · No Comments

From Forbes, What We See When We Look In The Mirror Lionel Tiger, 02.05.09, 06:00 PM EST Humankind’s epic search for existential answers. Face it, face, you’re just a blip in a very large and historically deep narrative. If you had those kinds of mirrors they have in bad amusement parks, you could see virtually […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science & Religion

Reinventing The Sacred

February 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Discussion of Stuart Kauffman’s Reinventing The Sacred, at The Gurdjieff Con James said, 15.02.09 at 3:29 pm · I have been harsh towards Kauffman, but I think he deserves credit for trying to rescue the “God” concept from the Judeo-Christian baggage (for some reason Spinoza didn’t succeed here). Nobody would care if the non-anthropomorphic philosophical […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science

‘Natural/supernatural division not science’

February 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Hucklebird comments on ‘Dover Documentary and the Iron Cage’: Stephen P. Smith said, February 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm The problem with the so-called “naturalistic version of design,” is the word “naturalistic.” We keep coming back to the issue where reality finds itself divided into natural and supernatural realms, and that division is not science! […]

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Tags: Philosophy · Science

The atheist and morality

January 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Today’s post: Atheists and morality, on Atheists have moral reflections too by Sue Blackmore Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/04/religion-atheism-radio4-bbc Blackmore raises some perfectly valid points, but some distinctions should be made here. We might distinguish atheists in general atheists who are Darwinists/Dawkins followers, and/or adopt Darwinian views of the evolution of ethics [many other possibilities, […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Philosophy