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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-12-04 09:30 PM
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11. Are You Seriously Maintaining, Sir
Edited on Thu Feb-12-04 09:37 PM by The Magistrate
That it is impossible to talk about something that does not exist?

Perhaps a minute description of the physiology and mating habits of the unicorn could change your mind in that regard. It is quite possible to speak of non-exisistant things.

Your point could be that any moral system, including "absolute morality," is no more than a human idea, and therefore, to discuss it demonstrates its existance, as an idea. But that is not quite, it seems to me, what Mr. Durruti had in mind when he posed this small diversion to the Lounge. He seems to have had in mind an assertion there was some objective reality to absolute morality. Whether that is so is a seperate question from the sort of reality that can be demonstrated by showing the idea of absolute morality exists by citing the words "absolute morality" themselves.

You may not be familiar with the theological proof referenced, but it does seem to bear on the line you have advanced. It is an ingenious and entertaining piece of sophistry. It begins by postulating there is a perfect being, the diety, and then goes on to claim that since existence is a necessary attribute of perfection, the perfect being postulated must exist, else it could not be perfect, and since the diety must be perfect, or it could not be the diety, therefore it must exist. This imposed itself on theologians of Christendom and Islam well into the modern era as unassailable....
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