Within existentialism, there is a notion that morality emerges from the act of being observed. It’s not ubiquitous or necessary within existentialism, but the idea is there. The observation can be internal or external, which raises a question about identity and whether intentional actor exist differently to other objects. Existentialism gets its name from a… Continue reading Identity and Morality
There is a way of discussing morality that is separate from the strict definitions of good and bad. ‘Simple consequentialism’ talks of good and bad in terms of weighing costs and benefits, and there are more complex versions of consequentialism that deals with intent and what that intent tells you about the person and whether… Continue reading Moral recklessness: The road to Hell…
There’s a way of thinking called abductive reasoning, commonly referred to as “the inference to the best explanation”. Sherlock Holmes famously uses it, and his use is fallacious. There are many structures of argument that would fall under abductive reasoning, which this post will look at, briefly, focussing on their errors. It will then focus… Continue reading Sherlock Holmes, ‘inference to the best explanation’, false dichotomies and God
There is an argument for God called the ‘Ontological argument’ and it received an ambivalent welcome whenever it is trotted out, which seems increasingly rarely. It isn’t at all compelling, and yet that appears to be irrational because it’s rare to see someone actually attack the premises or the structure. However, that, today, is what… Continue reading The Ontological Argument for God – and why it’s nonsense
It’s tempting to be sold on the idea of “ultimate reality”; that there exists something deeper than the reality we have, and that is the real arbiter that justifies or disconfirms the validity of our beliefs; the very concept of truth or even the mark scheme against which beliefs are considered more or less defensible… Continue reading “Ultimate Reality”?
Racism is an umbrella term. It may not appear like one, because it seems very specific, but different aspects of racism deserve to be assessed differently. It would be remiss to think that personal racism ― what one person says or does to another based on their race ― is the same as institutional racism… Continue reading Can white people be victims of racism?
A Guardian columnist named George Monbiot is arguing for more referendums in the UK. His reasoning is pretty good: the problem with the EU Referendum was that it was a large, complex question boiled down to two answers given to a populace inexperienced in referendums. Referendums, especially significant ones, shouldn’t be a ‘learning-on-the-job’ experience; the… Continue reading The Brexit vote teaches us that we should be practicing how to do referendums