Counter-philosophy Philosophy

Descartes’ ontological dualism is just obvious and unproblematic

Another great concern of Descartes was that some things were material; and others, such as the human mind and God, were spiritual.  This was his ‘ontological dualism’.  It was the one fraction of his thought that later philosophers weren’t impressed by.   Yet, to me, it is obvious and unproblematic that the brain is material and resides in the skull, and that the mind which consists of feelings, thoughts, dreams, nostalgias,…

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Descartes’ schoolboy-level philosophizing – Cogito and God

Let me jump to about 1637 AD for a further example of the pottiness of Philosophy:  ‘Cogito ergo sum’, ‘I think, therefore I am’, wrote Descartes.  This is thinking that ranks with that of Parmenides’ Ontology (from here ) in its pottiness.  Descartes couldn’t convince himself he existed till it occurred to him that he was thinking! therefore he must exist!  Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!   Actually it wasn’t even that he…

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Anti-Natalism Philosophy

Benatar’s ‘Anti-Natalism’ is philosophers’ logicking, not Wisdom on Life.

I have always had a distant image of philosopher David Benatar as having a lot to contend with in a difficult place at a difficult time.  I came across one of his actual ideas by chance on the Web.  And in what I write below, I base myself on what I find on the Web (here, here and here; and for personal flavour, here,  here and here.) DB begins by…

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