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We need more atheists like David Hume

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PHILOSOPHY BOWLING RESULTS

• 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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2 Comments

  1. Kleiner says:

    Blackburn says the upshot is ‘sceptical irony’. So Hume leads to the vacuous irony of postmodernity? Nz would not be pleased. Can’t atheism have higher aspirations than irony? Postmodern irony is boring and spiritually impoverished – both theists and Nz hate it. Please tell me contemporary atheism is capable of something more nourishing than Seinfeld.
    Related book (and an interesting and fun book to read): ‘Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from the Exorcist to Seinfeld’ by Boston College philosopher Thomas Hibbs (an admitted pop culture junkie).

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  2. Rob says:

    I agree with Kleiner. I’ve not read the Dialogues, but as Blackburn describes them, neither of the theists in it appear to me to bear much resemblance to the sort of theism worth fighting for or against.

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