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What is your philosophy on life? What is your philosophy on anything? You are the only one that can hold your ideas back in here. Just remember. Greatness only comes from the mind that isn't afraid of the outcome.

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Have Militant Atheists Created a New Religion?

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Jun 2, 2016. 46 Replies

For the fans of Waal, a small excerpt from his last book that for the most part I disagree with. His thought that there may be some tie between one's religion growing up and one's militant atheism does not ring true; at least for those militant…Continue

Tags: new, religion, a, created, militant

Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Chris Oct 4, 2013. 87 Replies

Nature News has a very good article on free will, it's a couple of months old, I've been meaning to post on it for a while, but at first I felt we had sort of beaten the free will's dead horse quite a bit, and people may not be interested.…Continue

Tags: free will, philosophy, neuroscience

Stephen Fry on Philosopy

Started by Michel Jul 23, 2013. 0 Replies

"If you assume there's no afterlife, Stephen Fry says, you'll likely have a fuller, more interesting life."I love how he puts that whole field of philosophy in perspective. Continue

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Tamar Gendler: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Politics and Economics

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal May 20, 2013. 2 Replies

Tamar Gendler, Department of Philosophy Chair at Yale University, Cognitive ScientistWho gets what and who says so? These two questions underlie and inform every social arrangement from the resolution of schoolyard squabbles to the meta-structure of…Continue

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Problem of omnipotence

Started by Onyango Makagutu. Last reply by Michel May 9, 2013. 4 Replies

Maybe this question has been asked here before, but I would still love to hear your opinions on the matter.For the sake of argument let us posit that a god exists and that this god is omnipotent, I posit that the biggest question that would trouble…Continue

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On morality

Started by Onyango Makagutu. Last reply by Michel May 9, 2013. 2 Replies

Friends, this is the beginning of a sketch on morality that I have been developing and I would so much welcome comments and questions in developing it further. I am trying to describe my moral position from a philosophical point of view.My thesis is…Continue

Tags: nihilism, god, Illusions, Morality

Free will: A religious Idea

Started by Onyango Makagutu. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Apr 29, 2013. 2 Replies

I agree with Friedrick Nietzsche when he writes this All primitive psychology, the psychology of will, arises from the fact that its interpreters, the priests at the head of ancient communities, wanted to create for themselves the right to punish-…Continue

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Should Marriage Be Abolished?

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Doone Apr 1, 2013. 29 Replies

Provocative post at the site Philosophy Talk. There will be a podcast discussion on it to, if you're interested. The fact that gay people are not allowed to marry in most places in the…Continue

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Problem of Evil

Started by Onyango Makagutu. Last reply by Adriana Mar 21, 2013. 39 Replies

Epicurus asked this question Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?Then he is not omnipotent.Is he able, but not willing?Then he is malevolent.Is he both able, and willing?Then whence cometh evil?Is he neither able nor willing?Then why call…Continue

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Comment by John Leigh on June 15, 2017 at 11:13am

 What is it that people want so bad that they are willing to be led by faith? The problem is that Rome and Greece had it dieties. The pagans had their belief and we have what . Science and free thinking are the absolute truths. Why are people so hung up on something they can not see. But cause wars ans mass confusion in the world. To believe in Asops fables. People are so eager to be led they think the way they are accepted. But why so much mass confusion to it.

Comment by Stephen on March 25, 2017 at 3:47pm

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When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed five years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech.
The paper’s culture editor Flemming Rose defended the decision to print the 12 drawings while the world went up in flames, and quickly he came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century.
For the past few years, Rose has visited universities and think-tanks and participated in conferences and debates all around the globe in order to discuss tolerance and freedom. In The Tyranny of Silence Flemming Rose writes about people and experiences that have influenced the
way he views the world and his understanding of the crisis; he writes about meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union as well as ex-Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious and multiethnic.

Flemming Rose is M.A., journalist and Foreign Editor at Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. After 14 years of working as a foreign correspondent in Russia and the USA, he returned home to Denmark in 2004 to pursue a more stable life.

Comment by Chris on May 29, 2016 at 3:17am

Go Socraties!

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on September 11, 2013 at 12:35am
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Comment by Onyango Makagutu on July 11, 2013 at 1:35am

Abuse of philosophy by the Religious

I contend that religious apologists from Aquinas down to Craig in shoring philosophy to defend their claims about the truth of religion end up by abusing philosophy. And that their many philosophical spins only go so far to prove that the human mind can come up with logical premises from which a given conclusion must follow but that the arguments can't be said to have proved that a deity exists, other than in the mind.

Theists misusing philosophy

Comment by Doone on July 5, 2013 at 8:38am


Via Sean Carroll, a lecture on "Laws. The nature of Statistical-Mechanical probabilities" (more over at the YouTube channel of lectures from the UCSC Institute for the Philosophy of Cosmology):

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Comment by Doone on June 22, 2013 at 7:02am



Richard Marshall reviews Ian James's The New French Philosophy:

Ian James sets out to show that in the new French philosophy the idea of ‘new’ is its subject, where new is understood in terms of ‘rupture’ and ‘discontinuity’ and ‘novelty.’ The French philosophers wonder how the new is possible. Gilles Deleuze started this in the 1960’s in his philosophy of ‘difference.’ Lyotard, Derrida and Foucault continued. Lyotard’s ‘event’ seeks to explain how discourses are contested and thinking is transformed. Jeff Malpas thinks this ‘the founding moment of any postmodernism.’ Lyotard’s ‘The Different’ is defined as an instability in language and discourse. It is supposed to create ‘new addressees, new addressors, new significations and new referents’ and ‘new phrase families and new genres of discourse.’ Derrida’s late ‘Spectres of Marx’ is about going beyond existing research programmes, ‘… beyond any possible programming, new knowledge, new techniques, new political givens.’ Foucault talks about epistemic breaks as an ‘event’ in ‘The Order of Things.’ He asks, ‘ how is it that thought has a place in the space of the world, that it has its origin there, and that it never ceases to begin anew?’ He suggests a process that ‘… probably begins with an erosion from the outside, from a space which is, for thought, on the other side but in which it has never ceased to think from the very beginning.’

James discusses seven new French philosophers; Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, Catherine Malabou, Jacques Ranciere, Alain Badiou and Francois Laruelle. This is intended to be neither exhaustive nor up to date but rather an indicative group in support of an argument about a paradigm shift. These seven all agree with Foucault that the new comes from ‘an erosion from the outside.’ Five of them established themselves in the 1970’s. Two are younger and not yet established as much.

In the 1970’s the philosophers moved away from a linguistic paradigm which had dominated Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault. Signifiers, signifieds, the symbolic, discourse, text, writing, arche-writing were recast in terms of materiality, the concrete, ‘… worldliness, shared embodied existence and sensible-intelligible experience.’ The paradigm of structuralism and post structuralism as being a literary genre was subjected to its own ‘event’. 

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Comment by Hiram C on May 23, 2013 at 1:42am

There are two US Epicurean groups: one in Chicago and one in New Jersey.  If you're ever in the vecinity, please join us!

Also, my article for is live.  It's titled That Old Time Secularism and is a pretty complete introduction to the philosophy.  Cheers~!

Comment by Claudia Mercedes Mazzucco on May 3, 2013 at 1:20pm

French philosopher Andre Comte-Sponville says:

"This is the spirit of Buddha: no Self, neither atman nor Brahman. It is a spirituality that open onto the world, onto other people, onto everything. Such is the spirit of Spinoza – no freedom within me other than the truth, which is all. Such is the spirit, period.”

Comte Sponville is one of the greatest atheist thinkers who have inspired me. He also says:

"Atheism is a way of humility. It's to think oneself to be an animal, as we are actually and to allow oneself to become human."

Our experience as evolved apes is the paradoxical experience that we are most intimately our own and at the same time superior to ourselves. All we need is a pure heart and an open mind.


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