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1 - 20 / 107 2016-10-11Although there are quite a few lists of argumentation fallacies on the web I can't find much about these two:
Julian Baggini describes to argumentation fallacy "If I don’t do it somebody else will" at
I don't find it anywhere else. Does that fallacy have a special name?
2) Also I can't find the fallacy: "If you don't show me an alternative for my doing you can't criticise it."
I have recently come across a novel argument that may undermine all forms of consequentialism, and accordingly wrote a paper elaborating on that argument. I now wish to get it peer-reviewed by the experts in this area. Kindly guide on the best course of action I should follow. Thanks!
University of ChicagoThe title of this piece is "Problems of Conflict," not "Problems of Conduct," and it occupies pp. 892-893, not just p. 892. (It is a letter to the editor responding to an essay by Evelyn Underhill; it discusses pacificism in the context of World War I.)
The author was a Quaker, pacifist, and educator (part of the National Adult Schools Movement in the United Kingdom). She was also one of Gilbert Ryle's older siblings.
2016-08-08After the publication of this paper, I enjoyed personal communication with Aloysius Martinich and discovered that I misused if and only if in several places of this paper. The corrections are below:
The formula indicates the following:
1. A is relatively identical to the value, but A is not absolutely identical to the value.
2. B is relatively identical to the value, but B is not absolutely identical to the value.
3. The value of A is absolutely identical to the value of B.
4. A is not identical to B.
1. The expression 1 + 3 is relatively identical to the value 4, but 1 + 3 is not absolutely identical to 4.
2. The expression 2 + 2 is relatively identical to the value 4, but 2 + 2 is not absolutely identical to 4.
3. The value of 1 + 3 is absolutely identical to the value of 2 + 2.
4. The expression 1 + 3 is not identical to the expression 2 + 2.
1. The triumvir was relatively identical to Lepidus, but the triumvir was not absolutely identical to Lepidus.
2. The pontifex maximus ... (read more)
2016-07-20It seems to me that this work is very much unavailable to students and professionals. Have not found it online in any form, save for a few hardcover editions for more than $500. Crazy.
University of Minnesota, MorrisNot out of umbrage so much as a deep concern over ideological censorship in philosophy, I want to publicly note and respond to the negative referee reports this paper has received (when graced with a report at all----it was desk rejected multiple times without comment). I believe the comments I quote below, compared with a reading of the paper itself, will reveal that it was rejected for ideological reasons, and that the paper warrants publication and indeed engagement.
Background: I co-authored this paper with a student, Michael Prideaux, a queer activist who is now studying non-profit management. I disagree with my coauthor on many matters, but we agree on the importance of principles, consistency, and reasoning in ethical debate. Unfortunately, our referee(s) believe in gate-keeping and stifling views they find "troubling." I waited to post a public reply until he was in grad school so as to shield him from controversy.
Below I will quote the only two referee reports I received. I wi ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Derek Allan, 2016-07-05 : This is not a comment on the quality of the referees’ reports – though on a quick reading it does seem to me that you ma... (read more)
- Dan Demetriou, 2016-07-05 : Thank you for your observation, Derek.&I agree. The terminology around this issue is minefield, and there are many shibb... (read more)
- Dan Demetriou, 2016-07-05 : Readers: Sorry for the typos. I hurriedly wrote this in rural Cameroon, where electricity is spotty, and couldn't pr... (read more)
- Tim O'Keefe, 2016-07-07 : For future reference, there is an extensive discussion of the reports and whether they're ideological policing at Da... (read more)
Portland State UniversityCan you share your opinion?
2016-04-19Freedom of Speech and the Right to Insult
Turkish President Erdogan has filed a complaint against a German comedian who read a poem depicting him committing sexual acts with animals. A vast majority of the German population consider this as an inalienable right to free-speech. Me? I am certainly not a fan of Erdogan, but I agree with him in this special case. The "comedian" should be legally prosecuted. I must add that I find that journalists detained in Turkish prisons should simply be freed. Criticism is certainly a democratic right. So, what is the difference between the German "perpetrator", and the Turkish victims?
Thousands of people, if not millions, throughout history, have given their lives for the freedom to speak freely. And to this day, hundreds are still dying every day for that same right. What I find absolutely disgusting are parasites who abuse this right and not only seek but also get protection from the Law. And then I wonder. Did all those people in the past die for th ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Hachem El Ouggouti, 2016-06-22 : __It is difficult to be modest when you are powerful.__ Whatever will happen tomorrow, whether Bremain or Brexit will pr... (read more)
- Hachem El Ouggouti, 2016-06-24 : __Beards and Headdresses__ I find it, to be honest, sometimes quite hilarious. I am trying to imagine a cop in a Muslim... (read more)
- Hachem El Ouggouti, 2016-07-04 : __Allah Akbar (الله أكبر) said the Pope?__ It sounds strange, doesn't it? Well, theologically, there would be n... (read more)
- Hachem El Ouggouti, 2016-07-05 : __Do not let extremists highjack the language!__ As I said before, Allah Akbar is not only a theologically sane expressi... (read more)
- Hachem El Ouggouti, 2016-07-11 : __The Return of the Black Panther: The Unwanted Sequel__ The sad, but natural death of the Pakistani "social worker... (read more)
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Birkbeck, University of LondonIf you have any thoughts, comments or questions about this paper, let me know!Latest replies:
- Jonathan C. W. Edwards, 2016-04-16 : Dear Michael,What your paper appears to be exposing is that once one tries to analyse concepts such as freedom and agenc... (read more)
- Hachem El Ouggouti, 2016-05-24 : I have tried to read your text about inner freedom, but I have to admit that I gave up after a couple of pages. It sound... (read more)
Queen's University, BelfastMy alarm bells went off seeing mention of Al Qaeda and 9/11 in an abstract from 1999. Turns out the DOI and abstract here are not for Keeley's 1999 paper, but for an SSRN working paper by Sunstein and Vermeule from 2008 (which doesn't seem to have a separate philpapers entry). I can delete the abstract from this entry, but I can't find a way to edit the DOI.
What's the best thing for a user like me to do? I could create another entry with the correct DOI (which is 10.2307/2564659)© over the information from this one, then edit this one to describe the Sunstein and Vermeule paper, but I feel like there's got to be a better way--especially since that would distort the download stats for the two papers.
2015-12-22Richard Y. Chappell
University of YorkHere, for anyone interested!
2015-12-11In Mark Cherry’s article “Non-consensual Treatment is (nearly always) Morally Adherent” he takes a Socratic approach to the issue of involuntary hospitalization and forced treatment of psychiatric patients. Cherry believes that non-consensual treatment does not reserve the patient’s best interest, fails to respect autonomy, and uses the idea of the mentally ill being a threat to others to violate their human rights. I will challenge these ideas by exploring the “thank you theory” as it is related to a wide range of mental illnesses and respect to patient best interest, pondering how the informed consent process can ever be seen as valid with a patient having no true sense of reality, and how never considering someone a threat until they already show violent behavior can result in tragedies occurring that could have been easily prevented.
Though it is true that non-consensual treatment of the mentally ill usually does not result in a “thank you” from the patients, addicts seem to be the ... (read more)
University College LondonWhat kind of academic inquiry can best help humanity make progress towards as good a world as possible? Why are philosophers apparently so uninterested in this question? Is it because most believe the kind of academic inquiry we have today, devoted primarily to the pursuit of knoweldge and technological know-how, is the best that we can have, judged from the perspective of helping humanity make progress towards a better world? Why are philosophers apparently so uninterested in arguments which seem to show decisively that inquiry restricted to the pursuit of knowledge is both profoundly irrational, and a menace? The successful pursuit of knowledge and technological know-how, dissociated from a more fundamental concern to help humanity resolve conflicts and problems of living in increasingly cooperatively rational ways, is almost bound to lead to trouble. Scientific knowledge and technological know-how enormously increase our power to act - for some of us at ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Derek Allan, 2016-10-20 : _Re: while life expectancy among Māori was 298 years old:' _ I'm assuming this is a typo, Ian? _RE: &q... (read more)
- Ian Stuart, 2016-10-21 : Yessss..There does need to be discussion about this, and in indigenous communities it is a group discussion. In ou... (read more)
- Ian Stuart, 2016-10-21 : Yes, a very bad typo... should be 28. Identical to the life expectancy of Paris at the time... Yes, most cul... (read more)
- John Hodgson, 2017-01-07 : _"The scientific approach to ethics, which many here have labelled Eugenics, works well within an Indigenous framew... (read more)
- Derek Allan, 2017-01-07 : Hi John RE: There currently seems a strong justification for the notion that humanity often doesn't know what is in... (read more)
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State University of New York at Binghamton
Normative antirealism supposes that the only normative reasons are empirical, viz. those constituted by the actual attitudes of individuals and what follows from them. However, the empirical normative attitudes of some individuals (e.g. normative realists) posit attitude-independent standards of normative judgement: for example, rational measures of correctness (e.g. right and wrong) that are independent of the attitudes individuals actually have. Since it follows from the actual attitudes of realists that there are independent normative standards, at least for them antirealism entails realism. The antirealists respond that they have proven such independent standards to be fatally compromised: when properly scrutinized they fail to follow even from the attitudes of realists. But that's not an empirical claim! The antirealist is replacing the question "What attitudes do persons actually have?" with the question "What personal attitudes stand up to scrutiny?", so withstanding scrutiny be ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Scott Forschler, 2015-07-13 : I have to agree with Bill here, at least in general. I'm going to skip all the back and forth here and just go back... (read more)
- Gerald Hull, 2015-07-15 : If you want to know what I'm on about, check out the examples Ann in Sharon Street's "Objectivity and Truth... (read more)
- Scott Forschler, 2015-07-15 : Well, no, Jerry, it looks like _you_ got off on the wrong foot by using words like "antirealism" and &quo... (read more)
- Gerald Hull, 2015-07-17 : I posted my remarks because I am interested in the issues. Notwithstanding a regrettable impatience with what I pe... (read more)
- Scott Forschler, 2015-07-18 : Gerry, I am extremely serious, and your calling my remarks a "pissing contest" is extremely rude and quite unp... (read more)
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Australian National UniversityDiscussion on one of the other threads (“Toward a Uniform Vocabulary for Discussing Subjectivity”) has lately turned to neuro-aesthetics where it is only marginally relevant. So I wondered if perhaps the topic might deserve its own thread, especially given that aesthetics in all its forms is such a poor relation in analytic philosophy and generally gets so little attention.
I should explain my own position. I think neuro-aesthetics is bunkum. I won’t go into why for the moment – that will doubtless emerge as time goes on. I’m happy to suggest it as a topic, however, because (a) I’m aware it has many enthusiasts, (b) who knows? I may be wrong, (c) I think it warrants closer scrutiny than it usually seems to get, and (d) as I say, aesthetics in all its form gets very little attention anyway.
To encourage contributions, I should mention that I have an Achilles heel: I have read very little of the work by “leading” neuro-aestheticians. Some intellectual movements, I feel, have folly writte ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Eric Wilson, 2015-10-06 : Thank you for your post. _ _ If none is forthcoming, then where to go but a big circle-jerk? _ _ I really don't know... (read more)
- Tami Williams, 2016-07-07 : I am a clinical psychologist and have worked many years in neuropsychological laboratories doing extensive testing with... (read more)
- Derek Allan, 2016-07-08 : Hi Tami You do sound as if you have an extensive background in the field. I am not questioning the value of neuroscience... (read more)
- Tami Williams, 2016-07-08 : Hi Derek-- My main point was that at a high level of abstraction, I think that applying neuroscience an individual who i... (read more)
- Derek Allan, 2016-07-17 : Hi Tami RE: “but I have the sense that you share the concern that neuroscience could disrupt the aesthetics of experienc... (read more)
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North Carolina State UniversityIf you come across this paper while researching philosophy of love, you should watch this: https://youtu.be/ykxNI137sPk
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