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Religion » Question about the resurrection » 10/17/2018 4:28 pm

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For Christians, is someone acting in an epistemically vicious way if they don't find the evidence for the resurrection compelling?

Practical Philosophy » Why has consent become the ruling principle of ethics? » 10/16/2018 5:24 pm

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

Practical Philosophy » What would be a good introductory book on economics for lay persons? » 7/06/2018 6:21 pm

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I agree about not needing to sidetrack the topic any further; if you think Auld made a mistake, feel free to PM me. Cheers.

Practical Philosophy » What would be a good introductory book on economics for lay persons? » 7/06/2018 10:41 am

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You are essentially repeating the position I am criticising. ... Frankly, though, I have little to add on this that I didn't say above or in the other thread.

Oh, the feeling is mutual, believe me. I showed why several of your key contentions were just wrong, and sometimes not even wrong, so I have no interest whatsoever in spending additional time rehashing that debate.

I just felt Miguel should know you are not a reliable source of information when talking about economics, so I pointed it out to him. That's all.

You ignored this point (repeatedly). I invite you (or I would if it wouldn't side track Miguel's even further) to post your own description of Keen's argument and it's mathematical problems

I ignored many of your points on purpose; you have a tendency to Gish gallop, i.e. you listed a bunch of superficial objections that would take at least several times the length of your posts to begin to answer satisfactorily (I tried to mitigate this somewhat by offering you papers to read, but you obviously didn't read them, so unfortunately that didn't work either). Again, I'm not going to waste time on that kind of pointless low level discussion.

Regarding Keen: this is not the hill you want to die on. He just did the basic calculus wrong, and as a result he calculated profit incorrectly, which drove his results (P / Q outcomes other than those suggested by the standard model). The other paper provides a separate example where, again, he just did the basic maths wrong. This is not a matter of interpretation. If you cannot immediately read either of the papers I've linked (the original is here; PDF warning) and understand it, then I'll take that as confirmation of my earlier worries. It's literally the economaths version of someone insisting 2 + 2 = 6.

Practical Philosophy » What would be a good introductory book on economics for lay persons? » 7/06/2018 4:20 am

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Oh, no, I don't care whether you've read the latest trendy thing. I just meant you clearly don't understand the general practice in applied academic micro, and, contrary to your assertions, I did provide several examples of this. But, to be blunt, I really don't have to: a casual perusal of any top journal will show you the kinds of boogeyman you're always going on about (e.g. perfect competition) don't show up in top micro journals except in exceedingly rare circumstances. And to be even more blunt, I'm highly skeptical you really understand any of those models at the needed level; you unintentionally outed yourself as lacking sufficient mathematical training to do so when you attempted to defend Keen's abysmal and elementary maths mistakes. If you can't read this and see what he's done wrong (which has to do with a basic intermediate micro model taught to all undergrads), then you need to start from scratch.

Practical Philosophy » What would be a good introductory book on economics for lay persons? » 7/06/2018 1:34 am

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There really isn't any comprehensive and completely neutral introduction to economics aimed at laymen that I'm aware of; Gwartney's Common Sense Economics covers the basics pretty well, but it has a definite market-liberal bent to it. If you're willing to do more reading, the books here are going to offer you a more balanced perspective taken together. If you really want to actually learn economics, there simply is no substitute for working your way through a decent college level principles textbook. Mankiw and Cowen / Tabarrok are standard, and you can easily find webbed PDFs if you know where to look.

And take Jeremy's concerns re: mainstream econ with a grain of salt. He's correct that it's far from perfect, but he's got an unfortunate tendency to overstate his case, and he's made it fairly clear he's not really conversant or familiar with contemporary academic research (and I'm saying that with at least some expertise, given that most of my own work is in applied micro).

Theoretical Philosophy » Huemer's argument for libertarian free will » 7/04/2018 7:21 pm

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I'm a compatibilist myself, but I've always found Huemer's argument for LFW hard to avoid. What do you guys think?

Practical Philosophy » Gun control » 7/04/2018 7:18 pm

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I don't see how anyone committed to a minimally robust conception of individual rights could be opposed to gun rights full stop, largely for the sorts of reasons given here.
 

Chit-Chat » ​Who are your three biggest philosophical influences? » 7/03/2018 4:47 pm

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UGADawg, UGADawg, and UGADawg, because I spit hot fire.

Theoretical Philosophy » What are the best responses to Kant's transcendental idealism? » 7/01/2018 10:43 pm

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The more basic question, if you're primarily interested in Kant for philosophy of religion purposes, is whether Kant's replies to the objections you list really require transcendental idealism. Do we really need to affirm the whole Kantian apparatus to say that the PSR is nothing more than a transcendental presupposition? I'm not convinced we do.

I'm not sure about PSR specifically, but I think it's interesting you mention this. Few philosophers today would embrace the entirety of Kant's transcendental idealism, but all the same, it seems that after Kant, philosophers typically haven't placed as much emphasis on studying the nature of substances, essences, etc.

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