Monthly Archives: February 2018

Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 8: Nino Visconti

https://pixabay.com/en/sunset-dawn-water-dusk-sun-sky-3178118/ *** NINO VISCONTI *** Nino Visconti Active in worldly affairs No soul corruption *** NOTE: Nino Visconti, who died in 1296, was friends with Dante. Although Nino Visconti was active in worldly affairs, he did not let them corrupt … Continue reading

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NOTES on Ethical Emotivism: Historical Antecedents

A.J. Ayer was much influenced by the logical positivists, who analyzed sentences to determine what logical type they belonged to. We will analyze several sentences to see what the logical positivists were up to: The person reading this page is … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 8: GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISE

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES *** a snake approaches angels with blunt swords are guards no danger at all *** NOTE: After the setting of the sun each evening, a snake approaches the repentant sinners. Two angels … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 8: twilight music

https://pixabay.com/en/summer-sunset-meadow-nature-2391348/ *** TWILIGHT MUSIC *** Much music is here “Before the End of the Light” Eyes focus on prize *** NOTE: No music was in the Inferno, but much religious music is here because it helps repentant sinners focus on … Continue reading

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David Bruce (born 1954): Three Kinds of Philosophical Arguing to Use Against Psychological Egoism

We can criticize psychological egoism on three grounds, each of which illustrates a form of philosophical argumentation. Reductio ad Absurdam Reductio ad absurdam is Latin for “reduction to absurdity.” It is a method that the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (the … Continue reading

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NOTES on Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679): A Psychological Egoist, and Joseph Butler (1692-1752): A Critic of Psychological Egoism

Joseph Butler (1692–1752), Bishop of Bristol from 1738-50, then Bishop of Durham Joseph Butler (1692–1752), Bishop of Bristol from 1738-50, then Bishop of Durham The Ethical Question The ethical question that all of us ask is, What ought I to … Continue reading

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