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Is immorality just irrationality?

What you are describing is the Platonic view of good and evil, that no one does wrong willingly, but only out of ignorance. An unusually clear and explicit statement of this concept is found in Plato'...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

It's also important to remember that Nietzche's father was an ultra religious Christian and he would have no doubt been well familiar with Jesus' words from https://biblehub.com/matthew/26-52.htm "...
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Would tragedy exist if there was no evil but only good?

Note first that I haven't yet watched this video. I'm not a fan of Jordan (who I view as more pundit than philosopher), but I'll suffer through it today (how tragic!) and may revise my post later. On ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

It has to be read as poetic language. It's evocative, unsettling, and striking, rather than explicit. Fighting monsters making a hero monstrous is not an uncommon trope, for instance it can be found ...
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Would an all-powerful God still be all-powerful if they can never do evil?

Your puzzle turns on an ambiguity in the words 'can' and 'could'. In "God can do anything that is logically possible", we have the 'can' of ability. This is the same sense in which I can ride a ...
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Is immorality just irrationality?

Doesn't this then give the idea of a 'bad' person a different implication - we wouldn't say the same to someone if they made a mistake in math or in their finances yet people who are simply in ...
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Would tragedy exist if there was no evil but only good?

Ultimately this question might come down to little more than semantics (which is often a problem when it comes to anything related to Peterson). So I'll just leave this disclaimer here and go with the ...
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I am struggling to believe there is anything good in humanity: can you help?

It doesn’t take much to see that humans are pretty cool members of the earth’s animal kingdom. We have complex speech, we can use tools, we can grow and dye our hair and clothing fabulous colours, and ...
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is God good, or God is the good?

You are asking a very fundamental question. Its original formulation in the West was in Plato's dialogue Euthyphro in which Socrates asks Euthyphro: Is the pious (τὸ ὅσιον) loved by the gods ...
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Is good the absence of evil or is it the other way round?

In the neo-Platonic tradition, from Plato, through Plotinus, and from there integrated into mainstream Christian and Islamic theology, good is the only true reality, and evil is just the absence of ...
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Are there any philosophies that view the whole of everything as evil?

Xunzi is a confucianist that sees nature as evil. Since humans come from nature their inborn tendencies are evil. Xunzi states that humans without ethical norms or rituals will only attempt to satisfy ...
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Is immorality just irrationality?

In English we often use the terms good and bad relative to an ideal. (In Spanish it is the same). So we call a person a good person when some portion (Surly a majority but what percent I don't ...
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Evil in Utopia?

Utopian philosophies (by necessity) presuppose that intrinsic evil does not exist. There are acts that may be considered evil and there are people who commit those acts out of ignorance or ...
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Does the presence of free-will allow for the possibility of evil in a world with a benevolent God?

I would say that Alvin Plantinga's free will defense is perhaps the most philosophically rigorous defense that many agree defends the logical possibility of a good God which has created a world with ...
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Does the dueling notion of good and evil exist in non-Abrahamic (Eastern) philosophies as it does in the Western tradition?

I think the question is somewhat problematic in that there are many different views outside of the Abrahamic monotheisms which don't all sit well together as an "Eastern bloc." I cannot answer for the ...
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Is immorality just irrationality?

Morality doesn't have anything to do with rationality. I'm going to be Nietzsche's advocate and say that "good" and "bad" are just labels on what a given society wants. This is by no means absolute ...
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Is immorality just irrationality?

I've given this a lot of thought as a Christian who has studied the Bible a lot and generally agrees with your reasoning here, having found overlap between the two that seems accurate to me. Here is ...
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What happens when evil realizes it is evil?

Evil exists. This only works when assuming that there are moral facts in some way. Whether those are absolute, relative, or subjective doesn't matter here. But if no moral facts exist then we can't ...
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History of Noble Savage idea

Whatever the date of origin of the concept of 'the noble savage', you might find Bruce G. Trigger's 'Reviewed Work(s): The Myth of the Noble Savage by Ter Ellingson', The International History Review, ...
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History of Noble Savage idea

A part of the answer: It's true that: Rousseau did not invent the Noble Savage idea, which is much older (cf. below). It's also true that he never used the phrase “noble savage” (or “the good savage”...
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What is a non-circular definition of evil?

Circular definition. The author freely uses terms like “harm,” “pain,” or “suffering” without defining those terms. That isn't what circularity is, though. If we want to define all the terms we use ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

The key word in the first sentence is "fights." When one fight, one often justifies one's actions by what it does to one's opponents. People who consider killing to be wrong are often willing to ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

Think about your own demons and enemies. You do your best to push them to the side. But how far will you go? How long do you ponder a darker solution? Where is the line you will go to? The more ...
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What does it mean for something to be "evil"?

Todd Calder distinguishes between a broad concept of evil which would be any bad state of affairs resulting from either natural causes or moral agents and a narrow concept: In contrast to the broad ...
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Can any Christian action truly be morally good?

If any morally good action is not spontaneous, is it truly morally good? I give to a certain charity in a regular basis - it's part of my written budget, and I have auto-pay set up with my bank for ...
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How do we explain the brain's ability of thinking about non-materialistic concepts?

There's an implicit assumption in this question which can be challenged. Do we in fact understand good and evil - or, perhaps more accurately, what sort of thing is the "good/evil" ...
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Evil in Utopia?

The base of utopian theory is that evil is not something inherent to humanity, but rather something that arises due to various conditions (economic, social, etc.) If you believed that the desire to ...
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What is 'an Ontological Evil'?

An ontological evil is an agent that is inherently (by its very nature) evil, as opposed to an agent that commits an act or acts that are contextually considered to be evil. The is related to the ...
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Without good and evil, are we left with mediocrity only?

You make morality sound like spice. Without spice we can only eat bland food. So, without morality, everything is neutral? To take your example. Is the climate crisis a good thing. No. Did anyone who ...
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Why do we assume good and evil exist?

I absolutely agree with your skepticism. There are objectively right and wrong solutions, with respect to a formally defined problem. But the concepts of good and evil are subjective and often ...
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