Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Archive for May, 2005

Barberiffic?

Posted by Sam D on May 23, 2005

I’m happy to say that my theisis work is travelling better now, mostly due to John’s seminar tactics.

I’m especially happy with my discovery of a paper that uses Russell’s set theory to disprove Anselm.

Is God the Barber that shaves all those who do not shave themselves ?

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Whatever.

Posted by Sam D on May 5, 2005

I wonder if I’ll lose my job at the Uni. I hope not.

I feel I’m at a particularly low ebb at the moment. My motivation is very sluggish.

I can’t even get angry enoug to do my usual rants about stuff.

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Mysterious = Useless

Posted by Sam D on May 4, 2005

1. God is perfectly good.

2. Everything that God does, or allows to happen is in keeping with this perfect goodness.

3. Not everything that happens seems good to us.

4. Hence we cannot equate our ideas of goodness with God’s goodness (from 2 and 3).

5. Thus we cannot say for sure what God considers to be good (from 4).

6. We cannot say for sure what God considers to be evil (from 5).

7. Therefore we have no solid grounds for declaring somthing to be evil on the basis that it is against what God considers to be good (from 6).

8. Conclusion: Any action could be considered either good or not in the eyes of God, and we have no way of determining which it is.

I wonder, if we can’t say anything about the values that God holds, then can we say anything about Him at all. I mean this in a stronger sense than even Wittgenstein intended, I think.

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Like you care.

Posted by Sam D on May 4, 2005

I wonder what is the best way to combat the ‘religious right’? I have spent this year arguing about many things with these sort of people, only to be chatised by my collegues. Some hold the opinion that if we ignore tham, they cease to be relavent in public political discourse. Sadly, I don’t think it is as simple as that.

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Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by Sam D on May 2, 2005

Oh yeah, my soul is definetly feeling better.

I’m endevouring to move some of my rants here, as the club blog is not an appropriate place for some of my more disreputable material.

Will post again soon.

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