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06 October 2016 @ 08:55 am
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11 Ideas Philosophers REFUSE To Take Seriously. I think it’s past time for a serious reevaluation of #2.

Thanx to andrewducker
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on October 6th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
Well, who exactly are these 'philosophers' anyway? Is that a specific job description, or is a philosopher any person with a Ph.D in philosophy, or any person who's written a book about philosophy, or what? There's no point in arguing about undefined terms.

1. Ayn Rand wrote several books promulgating the idea that the rich are better than the poor, and there's a whole political movement going with that philosophy right now.

2. Why a turd? Why not spit, or snot, or vomit, or some other bodily excretion? If you're going to postulate (in the absence of anything resembling evidence) that the Universe is a biological organism, why not go with the Great Green Arkleseizure Theory?

3. Um, hello, The Prince?

4. Threatening violence or telling people that they are unwelcome in a discussion does not constitute a 'critique' of their philosophy. One might as well say that the Holocaust was a philosophical critique of Judaism.

5. Nobody is publishing arguments defending the truth of the version of Christianity in which Jesus is a talking lion, either, because everybody old enough to publish anything recognizes that Narnia is fictional. So is the Marvel Universe.

6. "can you imagine what would happen to someone who argued there is no such thing as consciousness at all?" Yes, of course. They'd be refuted the same way the solipsists are refuted: "If that is so, with whom are you arguing, and what are you using to argue with?"

7. Again, undefined terms are not worth arguing about. If everyone is 'male', what does 'male' even mean?

8. There are plenty of arguments against dogs, especially in cultures that regard them as unclean. The USA is not the entire world. For that matter, there are plenty of Americans who don't like dogs.

9. I'm not finding enough coherent thought in this one to even address it. WTF? Is the writer saying "I hallucinate, therefore I am a prophet"...? Most people re-think that position once the drugs wear off.

10. There is thousands of years' worth of arguments as to why slavery is moral, justifiable, and the Will of God. The fact that they're currently unpopular in Western culture doesn't mean they've never been made.

11. A priori means "relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience." There is tons of observation, experience and physical evidence to prove that yes, the Holocaust happened. In my youth I personally knew people who had lived through it, and had the blue numbers on their arms to show for it.

My conclusion: this writer needs to go back to school. Probably middle school. The ignorance, it burns.

Edited at 2016-10-06 07:59 pm (UTC)
Carbonelcarbonel on October 6th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
Uh...happy birthday?