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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Atheist conceptions of the idea of God often rest on a straw man fallacy that portrays a theistic view of God as Russell's teapot or as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Both of these conceptions view God ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Whether or not God exists is an objective question with an objective answer, however the argument beginning Is it true that "X" exists in reality only when we are aware of having experienced it, or ...
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Morality is subjective?

So even if a person felt (subjective) what he was doing was right, that wouldn't, by societal standards(objective), be considered right. That's not what those terms — subjective and objective — mean. ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Is it true that "X" exists in reality only when we are aware of having experienced it, or are aware of our potential of experiencing it through our five sense organs, namely - eyes, ears, nose, tongue ...
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Are pursuing the well-being and reducing the suffering of sentient beings objectively good things?

In the proposition IX, part III of Ethics, Spinoza operates the following reversal of concepts: it is not because we judge that something is good that we desire that thing, but it is because we desire ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

Short Answer How can one argue against postmodernism for objective truth and morality without assuming a God? Post-modernist claims of pure subjectivism are largely hype. It's has been joked that a ...
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How to disprove "I'm entitled to my opinion"

Welcome to this SE, Daniel. I think the problem with the argument is what you are trying to prove: how can I disprove that there exists an inherent privilege (an entitlement) to believe whatever ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

To summarize an answer that became lengthier than I first intended: The woke and the fascists are both trying to bring about societal change away from the status quo as they see it. In that regard, ...
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How does Descartes determine that the idea of God has more objective reality than finite substance?

The distinction between formal and objective reality in Descartes is elucidated on Brown's web page. Formal reality refers to the reality of an object by virtue of the kind of thing it is (infinite, ...
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What is Kant's view of a mathematical object?

For Kant mathematical objects are not pure objects of the understanding, although this view was later adopted by Marburg neo-Kantians, who rejected his separate faculty of sensibility after non-...
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Would this morality be truly objective?

This is the Sam Harris route to ignoring the difficulties with defining an objective morality (I assign it to him as he was, as far as I can tell, the most vocal and prominent early advocate of this ...
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Difference between 'neutral' and 'objective'?

Objectivity and neutrality aren't necessarily the same. Objectivity refers to taking a view or position on the available evidence. Neutrality refers to taking a view or position that is even handed. ...
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Descriptions of mental states: objective or subjective?

You state: it seems like Bob's attitudinal state is just another feature of the outside world. I am not sure this is true, but it is going to hinge sharply on what we mean by world. There's a ...
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Objectivity and subjectivity

Here is one concept of objectivity, taken from SEP. Let's take objective properties to be qualities of an object that exist independently of a perception of that object; for example, the primality of ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

In this regard, if no one has experienced "God", it means "God" doesn't and cannot exist Not so long ago, no one has experienced diving the Mariana Trench; then someone did do so. Did the Trench not ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

A lack of evidence for something is not evidence for a lack of something. By the very nature of the concept, it is not possible to "prove" (or really empirically determine, since true proof struggles ...
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Is there a name for the idea of inherent bias in an authority figure or expert?

You appear to be referring to self-selection bias. This is a well-known phenomenon in statistics, whereby self-selection into a category is correlated with other characteristics, and hence, inclusion ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

I have more senses than sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. In a dark room, I can tell you whether my right elbow is straight or not, to give one example, without seeing it or touching it. Nor ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

is it true that "X" exists in reality only when we are aware of having experienced it, Your definition does not state that you must be aware of having experienced it. Its plausible that there are ...
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Are pursuing the well-being and reducing the suffering of sentient beings objectively good things?

Maximising wellbeing and avoiding suffering are just subjective heuristics required for evolution of replicating genes. A great deal of research shows things like having a job with autonomy is more ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

How can one argue against postmodernism for objective truth and moral and equal rights without assuming a God? Almost every word of this deserves careful analysis and deconstruction. But it strikes me ...
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Is ethics anthropocentric?

Ethics is usually thought of as being subjective. It's also usually anthropocentric as it's universally assumed (at least as far as I know) that only humans can act as moral agents. Furthermore, ...
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Difference between 'neutral' and 'objective'?

To give a philosophy of science perspective, in ch. 6 of Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal Douglas discusses eight different senses or kinds of objectivity. One of these (123-4) is value-...
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If vast swathes of philosophy are entirely subjective, why do we care about them?

I've heard that conservative political columnist and intellectual Ben Shapiro is currently writing a book about how he hypothesizes that the stem of the recent political shift to tribalism and ...
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Is the statement "I'm drunk" subjective or objective?

Objective is verifiable against a standard/definition From Wikipedia: Objective (philosophy) Objectivity is a central philosophical concept, objective means being independent of the perceptions ...
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Can objective morality exist apart from the existence of a transcendent being?

They all seem to be trying to get an ought from an is. Who are "they all"? Anyway, I'll provide two things. Firstly, a taxonomy of theories that argue for "objective morality" (or something close ...
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Objectivity and subjectivity

My childhood tutor in philosophy suggested that objectivity and subjectivity are a single spectrum. An attribute of the attributes that we assign objects. Its value on this spectrum might be ...
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Does a priori knowledge exist and can we prove objectivity through it?

I guess I kind of what to know what you mean by “the objective?” If you’re referring to objective knowledge, on one hand all human interaction with the world must be done through the perception of ...
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Does a priori knowledge exist and can we prove objectivity through it?

A priori knowledge is generally accepted in academic philosophy; the vast majority of academic philosophers accept it as being true. Depending on how one values and follows academic consensus, then, ...
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Does a priori knowledge exist and can we prove objectivity through it?

Yes, and yes. Anything subjective must be based on some objective cause that allows for that subjectivity to even exist. Whether or not subjectivity is able to know completely the objective is of no ...
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