Page 5 of 5 FirstFirst ... 345
Results 61 to 68 of 68

Thread: The Battle of the Philosophers - Plato vs Socrates vs Aristotle

  1. #61
    International Captain cover drive man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Liverpool, England
    Posts
    7,131
    Redbacks, that's a very interesting post but I think it ends with the problem of connecting metaphysics and ethics. Meta-ethics is an interesting field but what remains most important is the ethical study. This may sound small mindedly empericistic but the only real alternative to this way of thinking is nihilism, which would be the foundation of a political movement of chaos which we've never truly come across. I'm not for a moment defending imperialism but rather defending our general human traditions. More rather, people are generally cool and we should just chill, even if many don't get round to what pseudo-intellectuals like myself call the 'big questions'
    Everyone wants to change the world, noone wants to change himself.

    -Tolstoy

  2. #62
    vcs
    vcs is offline
    International Coach vcs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    India
    Posts
    10,305
    Quote Originally Posted by Quaggas View Post
    What, like a system of axioms is either incomplete or inconsistent? So, like, Bertrand Russel spent a lifetime chasing a castle in the sky? Goedel, Escher, Bach (Hofstadter?) is a good read on this.
    Quote Originally Posted by Redbacks View Post
    In my opinion: the theorem brings about the rationale for post-modernist thought. A potential defining moment where Western academia give up on the theory that basic logic could be used to describe the world, based on the fact that we now had mathematical logic showing itself to be inconsistent. From base assumptions you cannot build a system which is consistent. It stemmed on Russel’s Paradox which he laboured over for many years:

    ‘The Set of all sets which is not a member of itself’

    a) If this set is in the Set, then contradicts its own rule.
    b) If the set is not in its own set then it passes its rule, but then because of this it does belong in the ‘set of all sets not a member of themselves’ and fails, making it a paradox.

    Gödel determined this was a sentence that could be constructed from any logical system.

    Hence, any logical theory which aims to describe consistently the ‘ultimate truth’ of a human set for morality/ethics can go no further than this, you cant logically use certain axioms to provide a basis for human action. What develops from Gödel’s theorem is the fact that closed logical systems could be developed. i.e. religions, philosophies, idiosyncratic rules of a profession etc. that can remain consistent from their own view, but ultimately this proves they are inconsistent also, hence empiricism is maybe the best thing we’ve got and rationalism needs to be put to one side.

    Now you start to interpret a history of ‘progress’ that had been in the minds of enlightenment thinkers, and had justified: Colonisation via improving the lot of poorer nations and helping ‘primitive cultures’ to progress to more enlightened ways. Suddenly there is a final realisation that ‘there is no such thing as progress’ each culture/tribe is no further advanced or closer to any inherent innate truth than that of another, we can no longer hide behind a rebadged idealism of progress (i.e. rationalism) to justify imperialist conduct.

    Take for example ‘third wave feminism’ and its more recent interpretations of the head scarf. It moved from “Our reference frame” which said you must wear it to achieve the standard of female liberation we have achieved in the west’ to ‘you should have the choice as to whether you where it or not’ and ultimately aims to show more respect to the ‘cultural reference frame’ from which each person conducts their decisions and is based more towards results rather that ‘absolute authority’ over a moral high ground. Certain non-negotiables exist like human rights etc. but require discourse to resolve, not cultural hegemony. This at least is the similar path by which Australia is looking towards reconciliation.
    Fascinating. Now I'm starting to read the book (GEB) properly after having read it earlier in piecemeal fashion as I'd borrowed a copy from someone.

    Another interesting question he has raised in the book is.. consider a source of information such as a book or a CDROM. Does it have any meaning on its own (as a collection or a pattern of symbols) or does any meaning that it contains lie only in the brain of the one who reads it?

  3. #63
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend smalishah84's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Pakistan
    Posts
    21,620
    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    Redbacks, that's a very interesting post but I think it ends with the problem of connecting metaphysics and ethics. Meta-ethics is an interesting field but what remains most important is the ethical study. This may sound small mindedly empericistic but the only real alternative to this way of thinking is nihilism, which would be the foundation of a political movement of chaos which we've never truly come across. I'm not for a moment defending imperialism but rather defending our general human traditions. More rather, people are generally cool and we should just chill, even if many don't get round to what pseudo-intellectuals like myself call the 'big questions'
    the posters on this thread are the Intellectuals of CW (which does not amount to much really )
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

    Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta

  4. #64
    International 12th Man Quaggas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    1,683


  5. #65
    vcs
    vcs is offline
    International Coach vcs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    India
    Posts
    10,305
    Haha, came across this randomly on the net. Sums up postmodernism.

  6. #66
    Global Moderator Spark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    A Blood Rainbow
    Posts
    32,432
    You have got to be ****ing kidding me.
    + time's fickle card game ~ with you and i +


    get ready for a broken ****in' arm

  7. #67
    International Captain ankitj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Hyderabad India
    Posts
    5,974
    Folks, I took a stab at writing blogs (after years of procrastination). Started writing on philosophy. Take a look:

    My Monologues

    Have written 3 parts and intend to write 3 more in this series. Look forward to hearing your comments. Remember this is amateurish writing so go easy on me if something doesn't make sense or not factually accurate But let me know nonetheless.

  8. #68
    Cricketer Of The Year wpdavid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    8,899
    In case anyone here hasn't seen this before ..

    Monty Python - The philosopher song - YouTube

Page 5 of 5 FirstFirst ... 345


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Official Trial by Poll. Battle For Inadequacy
    By steds in forum Testing Forum
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 07-11-2010, 08:17 AM
  2. Replies: 1047
    Last Post: 22-05-2007, 09:14 PM
  3. Battle of the Australians
    By aussie in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 1286
    Last Post: 17-11-2006, 06:08 PM
  4. battle of the battle threads
    By nibbs in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 24-10-2006, 12:32 AM
  5. Battle of the T.V. Characters
    By Mister Wright in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 149
    Last Post: 15-10-2006, 10:30 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •