Monday, August 08, 2011

Are philosophers obliged to favor a Godless system?

philosophical obligations from plastic bodies by plasticbodies
Leon has linked to an article which explores the question: is God necessary for Whitehead’s system? This raises the question: say you are presented with two metaphysical systems identical save for the fact that one includes God and the other omits God. Are we as philosophers obliged to favor the Godless system?
Whitehead and Catholicism Monday, August 8, 2011
Is God indispensable to Whitehead's metaphysics? The following article attempts to answer that question (pp. 666-669) as well as clarify Whitehead's relationship to Catholicism.

Re: The Parable of Two Birds by Sandeep on Tue 05 Jul 2011 10:49 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
It is essential to have a holistic perspective of the full spectrum of topics such as Creation, Evolution, Reincarnation, Karma in order to arrive at the right answer to these questions.

Ludwig von Mises said that the Science of Human Action is all about "means and ends." Now, this choosing of means towards ends is firstly a Moral Question - and Adam Smith was a Professor of Moral Philosophy, for there were no "economists" then. Adam Smith therefore encouraged our "natural propensity to truck, barter and exchange," and proposed a System of Natural Liberty as a Moral Solution to Life.
But Socialists have done otherwise, and have encouraged Aggression - which even Sigmund Freud told us to "sublimate" - through their System of Legal Plunder. Now, Ludwig von Mises said that, whereas the choice between means and ends is directed at short term goals, there are what he called "ultimate ends," and Mises said that the choice of ultimate ends are "a matter of the soul and the will." 

One theory is that government exists to correct externalities and provide public goods. The other is that government uses the language of helping people to justify giving stuff to the politically powerful out of the pockets of the rest of us.]

“To recover Tagore today as a poet and writer must entail some sense of the Bengali language becoming a realm of literary possibility….”
AL: This seems to be akin in some ways to trying to recover Sri Aurobindo’s Guru English that he expresses in Edwardian prose and Romantic poetry to restore contemporary relevance. The project requires both a refolding of language and the modernist aesthetic.

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