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Theoretical Philosophy » Transcendentals Book » 11/13/2018 1:48 pm

Brian
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Excellent, thank you for those recommendations.

Chit-Chat » What made you consider classical theism? » 11/11/2018 10:27 pm

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I grew up in a rather fundamentalist (but still very liturgical) Protestant church that I had more or less fallen away from by the time I went to College.  When I started taking philosophy classes I read a lot of philosophers who endorsed some sort of Classical Theism--Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, St. Thomas...  I found things like Platonism and Thomism and Vedanta to be well argued and intellectual positions compared to the literalist interpretations of the Bible I had grown up with, and in particular I found classical theism a much more convincing picture of the Divine than Theistic Personalism.  The more I read Ed's blog and various arguments I found that even if I wasn't a dedicated classical theist, the arguments for a classical theist God were a lot stronger and more worthy of consideration that many people and scholars would have you believe.

Theoretical Philosophy » Transcendentals Book » 11/11/2018 2:53 pm

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I'm looking for a good book on the transcendentals.  I have a little anthology called An Introduction to the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas that has some good stuff on the transcendentals.  Any other recommendations?  It does not have to be a Thomist work, as really I am looking for anything that deals with philosophy as the pursuit of Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Unity, but it seems Thomists often deal with these ideas explicitly, whereas one can find them in Plato, but often more implicitly.  Any recommendations are much appreciated.

Chit-Chat » World Chess Championships » 11/08/2018 1:40 pm

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seigneur wrote:

I'm not so obsessed as to watch it live, but I will probably see all the reviews, analyses, and comments on the games on youtube rather sooner than later.

You think Caruana has a chance?

Chit-Chat » World Chess Championships » 11/08/2018 12:27 pm

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Anybody going to be watching?  Any predictions?  I don't usually care about competitive sports or things of that nature, but I'm obsessed with chess.

Chit-Chat » How do you properly organize your thoughts? » 10/18/2018 10:54 am

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RomanJoe wrote:

I've been meaning to set up an online blog to help my thinking. Do you prefer pen and paper over a keyboard?

I like pen and paper because I'm often not in front of a computer.  Those little pocket size Moleskin notebooks that come in packs of 3 are convenient.  Just keep one in your breast pocket or by your wallet and it's always at hand. 

My notebook is like a disorganized chronicle, but often if theres' an idea I'm really working at or trying to understand I'll write longer stuff on my computer.  Much easier to edit and expand upon.

Using both allows you to 1) remember every passing thought or idea (or quote you read) worth saving and 2) develop/hone ideas that you find worth really exploring.

Chit-Chat » How do you properly organize your thoughts? » 10/17/2018 9:18 pm

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Write in a philosophy journal.  Writing always helps me organize my thoughts.  And often Ill have some "new" thought that I later find in an old journal.  There's really no downside to writing except a time commitment.

Practical Philosophy » Why has consent become the ruling principle of ethics? » 10/17/2018 9:42 am

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UGADawg wrote:

It's not necessarily, it depends on the metaethics, normative ethics, etc one presupposes.

Among professors, you're right.  But the average American would have trouble pronouncing 'metaethics', let alone hold a coherent set of metaethical beliefs.

Chit-Chat » Purely political schism in Orthodox Church » 10/16/2018 3:17 pm

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We've got a vigorous friend and defender of pedophiles for a pope in the West and a completely pointless schism occuring in the East.  Not looking so hot for Christianity's role in the world these days.

Practical Philosophy » Why has consent become the ruling principle of ethics? » 10/15/2018 3:38 pm

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I think a lot of this comes from our current societal make-up as opposed to some intellectual shift (although the two are unrelated.)  In a multi-cultural society with no universally binding myths, no universally accepted religion, and no universally agreed upon image of a good human being, what else is left besides the freedom of the will to pursue it's own version of the good?  Consent is a pragmatic solution precisely because of the injustices you speak of, Seigneur.  Instead of bickering endlessly about the who is a citizen and where rights come from we acknowledge that everyone has a will, and that will should be respected and constrained only by negative duties to not infringe upon other's freedom of the will.  When you place that pragmatic solution in conjunction with our (American's) over-estimation of technology, industry, and practical\tangible results, you end up with a sort if utilitarian individualism where the voluntary whims if the individual will is king.

That's not exactly an explanation of how we got here, intellectually speaking, but I think it explains why the average American holds the default ethical position that's somewhere between relativism and utilitarian individualism.  It's an ethic that binds our society together, or at least appears to.  I think the more multi-cultural and democratic a society gets, the more inherent conflict one sees between A) making the individual will the primary value-arbiter and B) the desire for a culture that more or less reflects your values and the values you grew up with.

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