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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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The latest Philosophers’ Carnival can be found here. One interesting feature (beyond the question of whether “all western thought” really is Cartesian, and God vs. the double-slit eraser experiment in quantum mechanics) is the fact that this Carnival is hosted by an undergraduate at Mississippi State. Very impressive!


1 Comment

  1. Huenemann says:

    Regarding Cartesian thought: this is a situation fraught with straw men. First, many contemporary philosophers refer to “Cartesianism” and mean only the idea that mind and body are distinct substances. Then many also infer that, according to Cartesianism, all mental predicates — thoughts, ideas, feelings, memories, imagination, volition — belong to the mind, and size and shape belong to the body. This second inference may or may not reflect common sense intuition — who’s to say? — but it certainly doesn’t reflect Descartes’s philosophy.

    Second, is it obvious that so-called “Cartesianism” really has been presumed by western philosophy? Only if you ignore a bunch of details.

    Third, is it obvious that there are a bunch of philosophers even claiming that “Cartesianism” has been presumed by western philosophy? No.

    So it’s all a big mess, I think.

    Re. inner vs. outer — I’m not sure that the distinction is different from mind vs. body. I guess it depends on context and the problem at hand.


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