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Lesson 2 - Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?

Lesson 2 – Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?


Truth is not simply an academic concept. The way we think about truth has a direct bearing upon the way we live our lives. What’s more, our understanding of right and wrong is directly dependent on our worldview: is the universe God’s creation or a closed cosmic cube? Visit www.thetruthproject.org for more information.
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13 COMMENTS

James Begley - posted on June 13, 2007 5:05 am

The Bible tells you the answers.

dbzgtcrazy - posted on February 11, 2008 12:15 am

The only thing that comes to mind immediately is the name of God the Father. In most modern translations, it is simply "I AM" or something…but originally it would have had the equivalent Hebrew consonants of YHWH…often pronounced "Yahweh" or "Yahveh." This word has a very comprehensive connotation of real existence: "the existing One" "the Eternal" and "the One Who was, is and is to come."

That's from what I've been taught, anyway.

NeoConvert - posted on February 23, 2008 8:55 pm

Lenoxus,
The Bible speaks of man as originally existing in a certain epistemological position, which now, due to the Fall, he no longer exists in. Or at least, he is deceived into propounding that he no longer exists in.

(see next, #2)

NeoConvert - posted on February 23, 2008 9:33 pm

Lenoxus,
I've just tried to post an answer to your question (which was a very pertinent one), but it doesn't appear that the thread is presently taking comments. I'm trying again with this one as a sort of 'test,' and if it goes through I'll then repost my reply to your question.

I sure hope they havn't disabled comments for some reason. Thinks don't appear too out of hand yet. Give it a few days. =)

Cheers.

NeoConvert - posted on February 23, 2008 9:37 pm

#2

Lenoxus, this is a continuation from my initial reply to your question.

Post-Fall man begins his inquiry with the fundamental (assumed) principle that he is 'autonomous' in his thinking. He thus begins with himself, his mind, his consciousness, and from there attempts to reason his way to a sensible/coherent conception of the reality wherein he exists.

(see next, #3)

NeoConvert - posted on February 24, 2008 1:07 am

#3

Thus, the history of philosophy, from Thales to Rorty presents us with – despite the multifarious schools – one singular assumption/pesupposition concurrent throughout.

This presupposition of man's cognitive (or you might say 'epistemic') autonomy is manifest in his very assumption that the sort of knowledge that he is capable of is knowledge of "essence."

(see next, #4)

NeoConvert - posted on February 24, 2008 1:17 am

#4

To see a vivid example of this presumption at work, consider the position of Socrates in Plato's diaglogue "Euthyphro." What do we see there?

Socrates wants to know the nature (read: essence) of "the Good" regardless of what is said about it by gods or men. He wants exhaustive, comprehensive, essential knowledge. We might say the same by saying that what he will NOT accept is any appeal to "authority."

Now, what does this have to do with your epistemology question?

(see next, #5)

jackson6806 - posted on February 3, 2009 1:55 am

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06clared - posted on February 10, 2009 12:24 am

Now im gonna drive myself mad thinkin that i don't exist lol, nah good video its very thought provoking 🙂

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J.D. Humphries - posted on October 24, 2011 1:09 am

Please people stop with the useless religous rhetoric. If you need a dogma to have purpose, go ahead, but please do not push it as a universal truth. To me you come across as arrogant. Meaning comes from thought and reaction, and therefore truth is a perception. Words such as "God" or "souls" are completely subject to interpretation, and have no logical value in the context in which they are presented.

Giac Giacalone - posted on November 9, 2015 6:14 pm

To J.D. Humphries…..I pose a question of sorts to you.  Do you believe that man is to flim-flamy to base truth upon?  When I go into any store to buy a measuring device, one inch is one inch every where I go.  What do you use to establish a perfect truth about this world, a what that provides absolute truths?  Man has demonstrated by its failures that they can not be that standard.  So what is.  I challenge you to read and test the Bible for yourself with an open mind and see what you find…..then contact me!

Jewel Cunningham - posted on February 28, 2019 5:27 am

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