Chris Degnen
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Presentism and change
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"the passage of the future through the present into the past" You're saying, for example, the moment T = 2022-2-21 17:34:16.0 will become the present next month and then move into the past. ...

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If Actus Purus is true, how can God be eternally creator?
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Regarding whether actuality could precede potentiality, there is this from Heidegger commenting on Aristotle Aristotle says this in his own way in a sentence we take from the treatise that deals ...

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Which philosophers and philosophies discuss "worldview epistemologies"?
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From Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event) §14, Philosophy and worldview A "worldview" sets experience on a definite path and within a determinate range, and this in such ...

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What is "rational"?
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Some deep thought on "the principle of reason" can be found in Heidegger's essay The Essence of Ground in Pathmarks. Quoting from the start and the end to give a flavour of the content. Page ...

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What is "what is"?
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Derrida spends some time on the general structure of a question in Heidegger: The Question of Being and History, page 28: One must know what a question in general is to determine what the question of ...

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What exactly is Nietzsche’s criticism of the Thing-in-itself and is it supplanted by his Will to Power?
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Nietzsche's first disagreement is with Plato's ideal forms. In the parable of the cave, these forms were the ideals illuminated by the sun. Nietzsche claimed that rather than values illuminated from ...

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Do evil actions stem from good intentions?
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Buddha said even acting with good intentions can lead to a bad result, and so advocated no-deed. The take-away here is that if you must act, be aware that you are taking a gamble. There are dark ...

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What does 'nature' mean in Darwin's Origin of Species?
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This deity would not be the Christian God, according to G.K. Chesterton About the time when the Stoic idealism had begun to show the weaknesses of pessimism, the old nature worship of the ancients ...

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Does the universe have one clock on the wall?
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The time experienced by satellites can be computationally adjusted to keep them functional for GPS, etc. They do not wander off into their own incalculable time when unobserved. There is no reason ...

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Can reality exist without anything/anyone?
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"if someone dies on the other side of the earth (it is not reported, and you do not know the person)" or, if a stone exists in space but no-one has ever seen it . . . So it depends how you ...

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Assuming meta-ethical subjective relativism, what is the bearer of value?
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Here is a Nietzschean perspective, from Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track (pages 170-171 & 184) The essence of value is based on its being a viewpoint. Value means that which one has in mind [ins ...

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What comes after capitalism?
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From Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, page 26 Homage to Catalonia, Orwell's description of the Spanish conflict, which he wrote after completing a stint as an active member of the POUM militia, is still a ...

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Does natural justice exist in this world?
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Some food for thought here: Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track (pages 184 & 185) Nietzsche, in an early and more widely known piece (the second untimely observation, "On the Use and ...

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An argument in favor of the existence of God
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"... Since it will be eternal by definition, it did not exist in the past or in the future, and cannot exist." As you say, since it exists outside of human cognition it cannot be said to ...

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what's the big deal with "amor fati"?
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Nietzsche was initially a follower of Schopenhauer who had a very dour view of life. Pessimistic religions view life on earth as 'fallen', and Schopenhauer took this kind of view, with the only ...

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What are the potentiality and actuality in metaphysics?
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Looks like they're connected by mistranslation, from Greek to Latin, described here: “On the Essence and Concept of Physis in Aristotle’s Physics B, 1” from Sheehan's Translations, 1998 It roughly ...

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What is an objective property?
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From the point of view of the activity of the non-transcendental ego cogito, everything else is an object. However, this still appreciates that blue of the sky is a mental construct of a mental ...

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The formal philosophy as a habit
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Q: "Is it useless to understand philosophy because it won't help me in my field?" For my tuppence worth, I would mention Heidegger's angle on inceptual thinking: thinking anew (a new ...

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Is Plato's Callicles an example of Nietzsche's Übermensch? Is the Epicurean hedonist?
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Judging from this Wikipedia quote: Callicles argues the position of an oligarchic amoralist, stating that it is natural and just for the strong to dominate the weak ... and from the Stanford ...

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Does there exist truly objective thoughts?
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You are correct, in that as we define the terms, a knowledge of a perfect objectivity is not possible. And to be pedantic, even what you refer to as the "electromagnetic wave" is not proven ...

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Is absolute moral relativism impossible?
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An objective morality would have to exist beyond human comprehension, as a Kantian thing-in-itself. In contrast, the individual human take on morality is a personal, relative morality. A major part ...

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Is the Notion of Truth more of a Delusion?
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If we say man is free to think at his own will then why is there a threat of armed delusion? In Herder's sense, what one holds as truth should be amenable to correction to a more refined truth. If ...

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Where does Nietzsche state that destruction is necessary to creation?
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Creative destruction is mentioned in The Will to Power, as active nihilism. This can be introduced with some contextual preamble from Heidegger. Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track (Brief quotes from ...

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Is existence itself necessary?
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Obviously nothing is not a thing that can exist, and what does exist is nature (Gk: Physis) -- existence that "changes form" as you write, or "goes back into itself even as it unfolds&...

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Is this argument for simulated reality really valid?
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Inasmuch as the simulated reality in The Matrix was created by The Architect - an AI - the OP's question becomes one about AI singularity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity a ...

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Moral issues in cyber technology
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Where AI becomes competent enough that people can become dependent on it and vulnerable to manipulation 'ethics of care' would be pertinent. Good luck to that though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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Where do I turn to in Eastern philosophy in this case?
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I think you will find advocacy for abandonment of views rather than acceptance of them. Paramatthaka Sutta: On Views That brahmana who does not grasp at a view, with what could he be identified in ...

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How did symbolic logic show that Heidegger's assertions about the nothing were illogical?
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Building on Conifold's helpful comment where he quotes Carnap: "For even if it were admissible to introduce "nothing" as a name or description of an entity, still the existence of this ...

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What is a good book on the topic of evil in Buddhism?
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Here is an example of usage in context: Protection Through Satipatthana (Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism) "Protecting oneself, one protects others" — the truth of this ...

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First-cause theory and simulation universe
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This 'everything' you speak of only 'exists' because there are living beings here to perceive it. As Camus put it in The Fall: "Is it not universal obliteration, everlasting nothingness made ...

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