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Intelligent Design Theory | Simply Philosophy

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Intelligent design theory began with the publication of Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box in 1996. Since then a number of other books have been published both for and against intelligent design. Wikipedia is especially unreliable  on this issue because accuracy requires reading the primary sources rather than secondary source commentaries. In fact, much of the secondary sources … Continue reading Intelligent Design Theory | Simply Philosophy

Distributing Political Power

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Political power – the power to tax, enforce and write law – must be distributed across individuals. Each area of power may be distributed differently. There are two main actors: the government itself and the people who are governed. Within the government the same division exists as well. In Canada, the provinces are governed by … Continue reading Distributing Political Power

Government and Power – Simply Philosophy

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I have discussed the two previous arguments for anarchism already and have explained by they both fail. This third argument does not fail in the usual sense. We know from experience that power corrupts, and the greater the power the greater the corruption. Government is a particular example of this. The problem with power is … Continue reading Government and Power – Simply Philosophy

Privacy, Sensitivity and Free Speech | Simply Philosophy

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Privacy, Sensitivity and Free Speech There are some people who wrongly share private information. There are others who (usually reporters) who pester the sick and abused. Still others bring their conflicts into the public. All of these things are wrong sometimes very wrong. One possible solution to these problems is to restrict the press (or … Continue reading Privacy, Sensitivity and Free Speech | Simply Philosophy

Hate Speech | Simply Philosophy

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There is no consensus on what hate speech is or why it ought to banned or even whether it ought to be banned at all. I will define hate speech as speech that is created or promoted out hatred of a particular individual, group or class of people. Promoting hatred harms society and hate speech … Continue reading Hate Speech | Simply Philosophy

Against Universals | Simply Philosophy

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Against Universals Universals are things that have a single name but many instances. There are many instances in universals in real life. Humanity, planets, stars, atoms and rocks are all universals. So is unity, redness and straightness. But while the existence of such universals is demonstrable, there is good reason to believe that they do … Continue reading Against Universals | Simply Philosophy

Names, Particulars and Universals | Simply Philosophy

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Names can refer to both universals and particulars, but not in the same way. The difference between a personal name such as Stephen and a universal such as red is that names of particulars never have content insofar as they name particulars. They are a pure reference. Names of universals, on the other hand, always … Continue reading Names, Particulars and Universals | Simply Philosophy

Permitting Deception | Simply Philosophy

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Permitting Deception In my previous post, I set out the basics on why lying is always immoral. But deception is permissible. In order to understand why lying is wrong, further understanding of deception is necessary. Determining when deception is permissible is a matter of justice. In order to act justly, deception may be necessary. But … Continue reading Permitting Deception | Simply Philosophy

Perfections of Thought | Simply Philosophy

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In my previous post, I showed that theoretical virtues were innate because of our humanity but were also learned. They are learned by reflecting on our thoughts. Theoretical virtues are perfections of thought in the same way that moral virtues are perfections of our abilities. It might seem that theoretical virtues are simply dimensions to … Continue reading Perfections of Thought | Simply Philosophy