Preaching/Propaganda section?

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Re: Preaching/Propaganda section?

Postby Otto_West » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:46 pm

Carleas wrote:But isn't it legitimate to say that I don't know the answer, but I know that you don't know the answer either? I think that's a more accurate characterization of what Socrates got up to.

Depends on what is being discussed but saying I don't know to everything isn't very productive either.
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Re: Preaching/Propaganda section?

Postby Mr Reasonable » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:06 am

Carleas wrote:Would the statement, "Utilitarianism is the only coherent moral system" qualify as preaching? What principle distinguishes that statement from the statement, "Racial Nationalism is the only coherent social system" as of a different kind, i.e. the former isn't preaching and the latter is?

Not that I don't understand what you're getting at, I just think it's virtually impossible to police in the way you're suggesting.

Slight historical aside: as I understand it, the reason iloveopinions was created was as a (somewhat facetious) attempt at the same distinction you're suggesting. If you want to discuss, there was ILP, if you want to pontificate, there was ILO. But that was facetious because it was really a way of saying, "you aren't doing philosophy, you're stating your opinion".

Just police it like the police the way that achieves the desired outcome and with no justification. Policing is super easy.
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