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Chit-Chat » American History Podcast » 1/11/2018 6:00 pm

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I've always been a huge history fan, and I've finally  decided to turn my hobby into something productive, so here it is, From Settlement to Superpower. My vision is to create an erudite and thorough podcast detailing the history of the United States from the Jamestown Settlement until the end of WWII. Currently, of course, I am only in my introduction, in which I'm going through the English Reformation and a general survey of England upon the ascension of King James I. Feel free to subscribe, download, or comment! This is totally free.

P.S. This post is made with permission from Jeremy.

Practical Philosophy » Hart's review of Feser's death penalty book » 12/20/2017 2:59 pm

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I thought Hart responded well. I am unversed in these subjects, but what he says makes sense.

What do the rest of you think about his "poisoned well"?

Theoretical Philosophy » God and the Principle of Non Contradiction » 12/20/2017 2:51 pm

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Thank you, Miguel. I appreciate the clarity of your response.

@Johannes: It's interesting that you link that article. Both my brother and myself are decently well read in both philosophy and kabbalah, except that while I shape the kabbalah to fit philosophy, he does the reverse. Thus he is a kabbalist with some knowledge of philosophy while I am a philosopher (not professional, of course) with some knowledge of kabbalah. That matches nicely with the article.

I should point out, however, that Moses Haim Luzzatto (one of the greatest kabbalists in history) emphatically rejects the so called "kabbalistic" view, and reshapes the entire kabbalistic doctrine of tzimtzum, wherein God is spoken of as "limiting" Himself to allow for creation.

Theoretical Philosophy » God and the Principle of Non Contradiction » 12/19/2017 7:37 pm

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You are right that the paradoxical nature of the proposition is madness, but that is in accord with our logic.

I ask because my brother is quite anti philosophical theology. This is something he posed to me, and I have no way out except to assume that God Himself is bound to the limits of my own puny logic.

Can God create ex nihilo? Isn't that also something human logic can't comprehend?

Theoretical Philosophy » God and the Principle of Non Contradiction » 12/19/2017 4:05 pm

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We assume God is incapable of impairing his essence and in general being ungodly through the Principle of Non Contradiction. How do we know God is subject to these principles? Isn't he above the laws of logic, what with Him being the grounds of them in reality?

Practical Philosophy » Conservatism and Racism » 12/19/2017 8:03 am

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seigneur wrote:

Etzelnik wrote:

If you are referring to libertarianism when you say "conservatism" is easily dismissed then, indeed, most conservatives here will agree with you.

This is why I propose to identify the actual theses in our respective views, instead of undescriptive labels like "left", "right", "liberal", "conservative" which easily devolve into "Commie Bastard" and "Fascist Moron".

That said, it's a good idea to define "racism" also. It's a given that the concept of a family recognizes a distinction between those inside versus those outside, so by analogy a form of nationalism is a given, but to what extent, and how should it mix with hospitality?

 
I can lay out a full manifesto, but I don't see the point in doing so here, given the premise of this thread, which is apparently the dogmatic and immutable truth that conservatism as such is racist and useless.

As far as hospitality is concerned, it is laudable until it poses a serious security or economic threat to the people, much like how you'd evaluate opening your home to guests - if they don't walk off with your things or threaten your family, hospitality is wonderful. If they do, hospitality becomes a crime against your dependents.

Practical Philosophy » Conservatism and Racism » 12/19/2017 6:43 am

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If you are referring to libertarianism when you say "conservatism" is easily dismissed then, indeed, most conservatives here will agree with you.

Practical Philosophy » Conservatism and Racism » 12/19/2017 6:26 am

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The opening post asks why conservatism is being radicalized (based on a few caricatures). The response has been that, first of all, it is a reaction to the radicalism of the Left, and second, although there is an upsurge in racism and distaste for Islam, the conservative policies make sense on their own merits. We haven't progressed beyond this point because AKG is unwilling to discuss in good faith.

Practical Philosophy » Conservatism and Racism » 12/18/2017 12:44 pm

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What is a human right? What determines that? This is important for the conversation we are having. There are several classical formulations, but the surveillance measures implemented by the US Government don't violate any of them.

Also, respond; don't just fulminate.

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