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August 2019

Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 13: Descartes’ dualism – his one sane theory

In his ‘Ontological Dualism’, Descartes proposed that some things such as the brain are material, and others such as the human mind and God are spiritual. So what’s wrong with that? Isn’t it just obvious, unproblematical and commonsensical, almost by definition of the words used?  But it was the one fraction of his thought that later philosophers weren’t impressed by.  I cudgel my brain to understand why.  For me, if I…

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Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 5: try literature instead

Wisdom is not some kind of objective knowledge arrived at by logic, mathematics or science, that can be argued, and demonstrated to other people for them to agree with, and that students can write down in their lectures.  (Perhaps that’s more an argument against science being applied to human matters, than against philosophy.) It requires another kind of intelligence which perhaps can be called Sensibility to Human Life, see previous…

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Philosophy Anti-Natalism

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk: ‘Anti-Natalism’

I have always had a distant image of philosopher David Benatar as having a lot to contend with in a difficult place at a difficult time.  The idea of his that I examine here was one I chanced upon.  It is the idea that human life is so miserable, that it is immoral to bring people into it in the first place.  This is simple logicking on the initial proposition…

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Anti-Philosophy History of Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 7: The Pre-Socratics.

THE BEGINNINGS OF REASON IN ANCIENT GREECE This may be a popular version of the History of Philosophy but here it is: Reason, I have read, was synonymous in ancient Greece with Logic, with Argument, with Thought, and with Philosophy, and that it hasn’t always been with us!  This seems to mean that Reason hasn’t always been amongst Man’s mental accomplishments.  The Classicists tell us that it was the pre-Socratic…

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