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Chit-chat / Re: Engulfed by Politics?
« on: May 15, 2021, 04:37:59 pm »
Dunno about the Anglo-sphere, it may be a cultural thing. On the old continent, there's still lot of religious talk, not qua metaphysical system ofc. It's more because of the questions about how to manage immigration from Middle-East countries and islamic terrorism.
"Wokeness" is a more and more prevalent thing still.

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Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: July 24, 2020, 09:40:39 am »
No problem at all, honestly. I didn't even think that was abandon, I just thought "well, oldest members just have other things to do." I'm not particularly active myself, so it would be pathetic to say that myself. And in any case, you're just strangers from the web with partially overlapping interest. Friendly strangers, but unknown nonetheless. :-)

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Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: July 24, 2020, 09:21:12 am »
Dan!

That explains why he told on OI that he was pretty busy.


Concerning facebook, I also think that it was a good idea to stay on the forum. Pseudonomity is a must-have when you want to keep cordial relations with people in our period where some opinion can be pretty devastating socially.

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Theology and religion / Re: Kabbalah
« on: July 23, 2020, 01:56:03 pm »
Then maybe asking to a specialized rabbi?

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Theology and religion / Re: Kabbalah
« on: July 23, 2020, 10:00:31 am »
Is there even good litterature in english on the Kaballah? If you're very interrested in this subject, to learn hebrew would probably the best way to have access to good intro.

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Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: July 23, 2020, 09:58:51 am »
As for advice, I have a long list I'll post in the moderator forum before disappearing, but, in the meantime, the first order of business is to rebuild the administrator and moderator team, which must include philosophically or theologically knowledgeable people. If you like, I can recommend some people who might be interested. (Worry about ability, not degrees. Several of us lacked philosophy degrees when we started, but now have professorships, or are studying for higher degrees at, e.g., Cambridge, Oxford, or other top notch universities. That is part of why we no longer have time.)

May I ask who's going to Cambridge and/or Oxford? That's pretty amazing.

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Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas (poll)
« on: July 21, 2020, 10:51:16 am »
@Mackie

As one of the newest member on the old forum, I must confess that I'm one of the Q&A crowd. As an excuse, if I have to, of which I'm not sure, it's because I don't even study philosophy in a rigorous way. That's not the case of the oldest members, at least it seems so. Doesn't all the contributors of the blog of Ontological Investigations have actual, academic training in the discipline, for example?

And when the majority of you lost interest in the forum, for X,Y,Z reasons, that was one of the deadly blow that put the forum in its actual shape.

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Chit-chat / Re: Domain name ideas
« on: July 02, 2020, 05:38:38 am »
Can't you try to negociate? Just tell him that you'll only take it at 30$, and that he should be happy that anyone want to buy it.

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In my opinion, they're the most effective arguments a philosopher can give.

I know that we can think that they proves that a proposition is only subjectively necessary, and not objectively, but I also think that's an absurd idea in itself. That sort of idealism is self-defeating.

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What makes you believe that? In my own experience, I know so-called "catholic but no church-goer", and they're basically non-religious theist with more-or-less christian-inspired values.
I think they were some studies in the United States on "moral therapeutic deism", or something like that, of modern teenagers, which is again non-religious theism.

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Philosophy / Re: The Necessity of Creation, Revisited
« on: February 11, 2020, 06:14:05 am »
That's just a part of modern forums life cycle. Social medias drains people who could have used forums, here or not.  Nowadays, there's not enough people who are into it to keep the website alive. Not sure if you could have done anything about it, honnestly.

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Philosophy / Re: The Necessity of Creation, Revisited
« on: February 10, 2020, 03:51:15 am »
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Unfortunately, I think a lot of people lost steam after the vBulletin forum got hacked.

That, and I think that a lot of older members are busy (I remember that some had or are having changes in their lives.)

Re OP, I'm not sure I'm following your reasonning. It seems you outright beg the question by thinking that's there no counterfactual possibility in God. Even if there's not strictly internal contingency to God, surely the object of His will and knowing can change.

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Philosophy / The chinese room
« on: February 07, 2020, 03:33:09 am »
Does the thought of experiment of John Searle works? I don't know how much it's accepted today.

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Chit-chat / Re: Ghost town around here--I need a book suggestion
« on: February 02, 2020, 02:26:56 pm »
Why not reads its proponents? Never read Daniel Dennett, but I suppose "Consciousness explained" is important from the POV of eliminative materialists.

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Philosophy / Re: Avoiding modal collapse
« on: December 04, 2019, 01:09:45 pm »
How is life necessary? That seems absurd.

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Philosophy / Re: God and the Necessity of Creation
« on: November 15, 2019, 03:25:45 pm »
But if God had decided from all eternity that there was another world, that wouldn't involve any changing of his mind contrary to what you said: it would be altogether another situation.

Ofc, I'm not gonna pretend that this solve entirely the problem: for it seems to imply there's still some contingency in the will of God, which is, given divine simplicity, God Himself. This paper from Alexander Pruss would be on point: http://alexanderpruss.com/papers/On3ProblemsOfDivineSimplicity.html

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Chit-chat / Re: What are you reading?
« on: November 15, 2019, 03:09:13 pm »
On my big not-read-yet book stack, there's Husserl's Ideas I. Still a long way to finish it, but I was more than impressed on his refutation of na´ve empiricism. It's one the clearest I read, which isn't particurlay important given that I didn't reach much philosophical treatise. That said, I'm gonna keep this passage to give it to the "scientist-ist" that are too many in my immediate social circle.

Moreover, I've also in my backpack a book from a french "skeptic" on evolution, - which isn't too bad honestly, its "new-atheist" side put away -, and "Comment peut tout-s'effondrer", which is a analysis of our modern civilization by two scientist, and its doomed collapse, or so the authors think.

I shouldn't probably read many books at once: I always end by forgetting where I was.


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Philosophy / Re: Mercy killing
« on: October 28, 2019, 03:38:46 pm »
I don't know myself but I think one very important thing to keep in mind is that the one who's suffering isn't necessarily in the perfect position to know it himself. Pain can severely difform our own perception of ourself and condition. Moreover, if the questions is asked on a juridical ground, we should be aware of the potential abuses. It's too easy for a society to pretend that it's mercy to kill the weaks. My country is a victim of this.

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Chit-chat / Re: Hey, how's it going--let's make this place active
« on: October 26, 2019, 08:59:30 am »
I know it was hacked.  :) But it's just that there isn't anymore the message left by the hacker. So I was wondering if the admins did something in particular.

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Chit-chat / Re: Hey, how's it going--let's make this place active
« on: October 26, 2019, 08:04:29 am »
When Feser has another open thread, we'll make sure to advertise the change of location. It's a pain to move again, but this forum software doesn't seem that bad.

It would also be helpful to change the link on the first forum.

Btw, what happened to the second forum? I suppose that we can't get back the posts?

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