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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 2: Overview 2. already in Attachments

I often couldn’t credit what philosophers were saying.  For instance, Descartes not believing he existed till it occurred to him he was thinking! And Anselm’s incredible ‘ontological’ argument for the existence of God (which Descartes adopted) which is that we think of Him as the greatest; existing must be part of being the greatest; therefore He exists. (Something else may come in  here: the argument, perhaps from Aristotle or Augustine,…

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Locke Proof of God Morality Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: Locke 3, on God and Morality

Locke on God:  Locke was an empriricist who believed that all of our knowledge comes ultimately from our senses, see my earlier post.  So, he believed that we construct our idea of God from our sensory experiences of this world.  Or, more precisely, from experiences of one’s own human existence: its duration, its knowledge, its power, its wisdom, and other admirablee qualities.  And from our ‘reflections’, our thinking, on these qualities. …

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: Locke 1, Empiricism

I thought that Locke, with his reputation as one of the first empiricists, would have just stated the obvious: That philosophers should believe the evidence of their senses like everyone else has always done.  Mere words, with which we do our logicking, stem at least partly from our senses.  This would have begun a liberation of philosophy from the logicking madness that had gone before.   But no, he got there…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: Locke 2, Politics

The USA’s Founding Fathers were influenced by John Locke’s concepts that mankind was endowed by nature with inalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that man at some stage had made a social contract with government to protect these rights.  Both of them were in his Two Treatises of Government of 1690.  Thomas Jefferson was well-versed in political philosophers of the Enlightenment. But. as stated…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 21: Quine 2

Here follows a whole litany of Quine’s thoughts that I have failed to tie into my first post on him (here) but am afraid to omit for fear of  leaving something important out.  My philosophically retarded mind can’t even grasp some of what I’ve written here. From here: Another approach to Quine’s objection to analyticity and synonymy emerges from the modal notion of logical possibility. A traditional Wittgensteinian view of…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 18: later Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein graduated to another opinion (see my second chapter on him) when he said that many of Philosophy’s important words, such as Truth, Beauty, Courage, and the Good, don’t even apply to specific entities. Plato had previously said (see my chapter on him) that these were such real entities, that they existed in all realness in some kind of heaven! No, said W., such words simply have their meanings in…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: chapter 17: Wittgenstein, early and late.

Wittgenstein’s thought is divided into early and late. There was a radical break between them. The early Wittgenstein, extending Russell’s original ideas (which I summarized here), said that statements, unless they are of logic or maths, are meaningless unless they refer to facts!  The thing about ‘facts’ is that they are verifiable entities or happenings in sensed reality; they can be proved true or false.  The important thing is verifiability. Their…

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Analytic Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 20: Quine 1

Quine is famous for saying that there is actually no difference between ‘analytic’ and ‘synthetic’ statements.  The difference had first been recognized by Hume (or by even earlier empiricists) but only so named by Kant.  It had, since then, become gospel in Philosophy.  The example of analytic statement that everyone gives is ‘All bachelors are unmarried’, which is inevitably and necessarily 100% true because of the definition of the word…

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Bertrand Russell Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 16: Bertrand Russell 4: break statements into logical atoms

(See the first two paragraphs of my first post on BR, here.)  BR thought that many problems of Philosophy could be solved by exposing the hidden elements of meaning that statements are made of.  Philosophy had always created insoluble pseudo-problems for itself by not exposing them. This was his Logical Atomism or Logical Analysis. Russell’s had previously tried to reduce mathematics to logic, which was called Logicism (see here).   Now…

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‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 15: Bertrand Russell 3: What is Knowledge?

(See the first two paragraphs of my first post on BR, here.)  Thirdly on Russell, here is a summary of his Epistemology: his understanding of what knowledge is and how we acquire it. [first published in his book The Problems of Philosophy (1912), continued in his Our Knowledge of the External World (1914), and in his article The Relation of Sense-Data to Physics (1914).] I am suddenly speechless on what to…

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