What are you reading?

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  1. HORNS

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    "What the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell - Sex in the Civil War"
     


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    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    started pygmy- will finish over the course of breaks and lunches while relaxing in the patio furniture section at work.
     


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    Really? He seems to address several of the basic arguments against theism? His arguments as to a net negative don't seem too unreasonable- All the killing in the name of gods down the ages etc. Would these people who did these acts have done the same if not in the name of a bunch of fairytales thrown together, and even before when several Gods were believed in by many? Again, can you rec one of the many books you've no doubt read on the subject, moral phil. or otherwise. I am genuinely interested in the subject.
    He's a douchebag. At least Hume was nice. http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/4583 Also, Dennett, with a fresher more sophisticated approach to religion than the tired "does god exist:" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakin...ral_Phenomenon
     


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    just started The Kindly Ones

    Gaiman?
     


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    I'm just starting Kafka's Collected Stories. Also I don't feel like getting in to an argument but: Mike, in regards to Dawkins, provide some concrete examples or shut the fuck up. You may play at an intellectual on the internet but your qualifications seem a little anemic compared to one of the leading thinkers of our era.
     


  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    He's a douchebag. At least Hume was nice.
    In every word Hume wrote, he seemed like the kind of guy you would love to spend time with, or to drink a beer with. That allowed him to say some things that were very controversial in his day. His great personality and wonderful ability to write set him apart from almost every other great philosopher, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the obscuritanism of Kant was much more influential to later philosophers than the beautiful prose of Hume.
     


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    Finally, I am reading:
    Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
    by Jon Krakauer

    Almost done...fascinating reading.
     


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    I'm just starting Kafka's Collected Stories.

    Also I don't feel like getting in to an argument but: Mike, in regards to Dawkins, provide some concrete examples or shut the fuck up. You may play at an intellectual on the internet but your qualifications seem a little anemic compared to one of the leading thinkers of our era.


    I'm just now reading The Metamorphosis. First fiction book that I've read in a long while.

    [​IMG] @ Dawkins being labeled as one of the leading thinkers of our time. Perhaps in biology, but definitely not philosophy.

    Unfortunately, the obscuritanism of Kant was much more influential to later philosophers than the beautiful prose of Hume.

    You can only fault Hume's problem of causality for that.

    You don't like the Germans? They were so romantic! Kant had his share of poetic moments, and his successors moreso.
     


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    He's a douchebag. At least Hume was nice.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/4583

    Also, Dennett, with a fresher more sophisticated approach to religion than the tired "does god exist:"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakin...ral_Phenomenon


    That settles it then. Seems an easy thing to throw around in these parts.

    And what's so special about being "nice" to the superstitious extremists. Why should we be expected to be "nice" to the religious?
     


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    And what's so special about being "nice" to the superstitious extremists. Why should we be expected to be "nice" to the religious?
    Hell, why should we be nice at all?
     


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    Hell, why should we be nice at all?

    Next you'll be telling me everyone and his dog deserves 'respec'.
     


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    Next you'll be telling me everyone and his dog deserves 'respec'.

    A dog might not deserve your respect, but does that mean you should kick it?
     


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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    You can only fault Hume's problem of causality for that. You don't like the Germans? They were so romantic! Kant had his share of poetic moments, and his successors moreso.
    Not only do I not like their writing, but I think continental philosophy ruined the Western world. [​IMG]
     


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    Not only do I not like their writing, but I think continental philosophy ruined the Western world. [​IMG]

    I don't see how you can say that without also saying it ruined the Eastern world (China/Russia, Vietnam, Korea). So really, you think it ruined the world. Surely, you can respect the power of their ideas, then? It's no small feat to ruin civilization.
     


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