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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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Tags: Kant · Philosophy · Science

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 · No 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

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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Tags: Philosophy