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When religion fails you

So young and naive was I when mother would drag my little body to the house of God, sometimes I would cry till my nose ran through endless catarrh. 400 more words


The 'Abrahamic Religions' Moral Panic

Just saw something come up in my Facebook feed called ‘Anti-Abrahamic philosophy.’

I always find it odd that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are regarded as on some very different level from, say, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism (leaving aside problematic disputes on whether the latter two are ‘religions.’) 168 more words

Quote of the Day, 7/23/15

The implications of stoicism, so understood, are troubling specifically for a theory of evil. Nussbaum seems right, especially in addressing academics, to focus on what we lose if we opt for stoicism.

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Philosophical Meanderings

Quote of the Day, 7/3/2015

To encourage false beliefs and to protect them by discouraging, if not prohibiting, honest discussion and free inquiry may well be inexpedient in the extreme. Those who assume that some beliefs, even if false, are necessary to preserve morality have a peculiar notion of morality and imply that dishonesty and rigorous discrimination against honesty are moral.

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Quote of the Day, 6/27/15

This quote has special meaning for me; it captures perfectly the rank idiocy of a man I once knew, and a man that he knew and (wrongly) respected as a serious thinker. 103 more words

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A New Commitment: Quote of the Day, 6/21/15

In an attempt to force myself to write more, I will be embarking on a new project, beginning now. Once a day, I will offer short excerpts—and possibly, occasionally, some commentary—from whatever it is that I am reading at the time, or from things I have read that strike me as important. 590 more words

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On Spinoza, Walter Kaufmann, and God

Here’s an interesting little quote from Spinoza’s Ethics (Samuel Shirley translation), in the scholium to proposition 47 of part II:

That men do not have as clear a knowledge of God as they do of common notions arises from the fact that they are unable to imagine God as they do bodies, and that they have connected the word “God” with the images of things which they commonly see […].

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Philosophical Meanderings