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February 9, 2017

Hey, Alfie, Whatsis?

Filed under: Philosophy — Steve Ruis @ 1:01 pm
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As regular readers know I am a hot and cold fan of philosophy. In a recent series of blog posts Sam Harris and a noted philosopher got into an unexpected and very protracted disagreement over what the word “truth” meant.

These discussions make me want to gouge my eyes out and go looking for an honest man. They are right up there with claims for there being “objective moral principles.” Hey, if all humans were to disappear, the physical universe would still be there (not that we would know as there would be no “we” left). That is objective reality. All morals, however, would disappear. That is the definition of subjective. Why is there any discussion of this?

These discussions prove that determined intellectuals can fuck up just about any reasonable discussion.

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3 Comments »

  1. Coincidently I unsubscribed from Sam Harris last week. When the ego becomes more important than the ideas being discussed, the debate becomes a most spectacular waste of time.

    Comment by The Pink Agendist, née Mr. Merveilleux — February 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • I stopped reading because I found it bizarre. That ego was involved … well, that is no surprise.

      On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 9, 2017 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  2. I am a fan of philosophy when applied to understanding the universe around us.

    Soon as philosophy enters the realm of “what’s it all about?” I become quite cold to philosophy. I’d rather watch the dog chasing its tail.

    Comment by shelldigger — February 10, 2017 @ 6:53 am | Reply


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