Tag Archives: Plato

Does the Euthyphro dilemma actually prove anything?

I’m not religious.  I don’t think morality comes from God, gods, or any religious precept.  But often, when I see debates on whether or not morality can only come from God or religion, an atheist philosopher will mention the Euthyphro … Continue reading

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Philosophy Tech Support

(Click through for the rest, and for a caption explaining the philosophy referenced.) via Philosophy Tech Support – Existential Comics. Does philosophy have a responsibility to be relevant to real world problems?  This is a question often asked of science.  I … Continue reading

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Is Philosophy Obsolete? – The Chronicle Review

Rebecca Goldstein appears to be on a campaign to defend philosophy.  In this essay, she defends its ability to make progress, and questions whether it should be lumped in with the humanities.  (I wonder what the humanities folks will think … Continue reading

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Is this life real or a simulation? – Matthew R Francis – Aeon

Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all of its rich detail. Some … Continue reading

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The mind is the brain, and why that’s good

Mind body dualism is the theory that mind and matter are separate substances.  It’s an ancient theory discussed in various forms by philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, and theologians such as Thomas Aquinas.  In 1641, Rene Descartes put forth … Continue reading

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