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Why some people view parts of philosophy as semantic bullshit

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Because, some philosophers still take things like the ontological argument seriously

In various ways, the account provided to this point is rough, and susceptible of improvement. Sections 1 – 5 in what follows provide some of the requisite embellishments, though — as is usually the case in philosophy — there are many issues taken up here which could be pursued at much greater length. Sections 6 – 8 take up some of the central questions at a slightly more sophisticated level of discussion. Section 9 is a quick overview of very recent work on ontological arguments:

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January 26, 2009 at 4:09 am

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Sacred Royalty

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Dear Thai King,

In my opinion, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

A citizen who (hopefully) enjoys the freedom of speech


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January 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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The worst piece of journalism so far in 2009

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Elizabeth Wurtzel wins this category with her incredibly terrible article on the Gaza attacks.

Standing against a tide of hatred
It is not Israel’s action, but the vitriolic reaction to it that has been disproportionate. There’s only one explanation: antisemitism

As it is my good fortune to be American, I live in the only country that as a matter of policy is pro-Israel regardless of party allegiance; Democrats and Republicans equally unite behind the blue-and-white. But to communicate with anyone I think of as rightminded (and left-leaning) in any other part of the world is to experience the purest antisemitism since the Nazi era.

Um.. WTF??!! Is she seriously comparing the massacre of six million people to expressing an opinion of disagreement with the death of innocent civilians in Gaza?

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January 17, 2009 at 5:48 am

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It is finished

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I am finally done with all my graduate school applications. Now comes the long wait.

One thing that’s very clear to me now, is that ETS is an evil organization which uses its monopoly to squeeze out as much money as it can from prospective graduate students.

Why is there a need to pay 20$ per university whenever I need to send my scores? It would be faster, and easier, if they simply have an electronic database with the scores, and allow the graduate admissions office access to the details of the scores through the internet. Also, 12$ dollars just to find out how I did in the test? That is ridiculous.

Anyway, to all my fellow undergrad students who’ve applied, best of luck!

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January 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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