Re: Moral Philosophy
I'm thinking that if we discuss aristotle and plato or so forth we should be fine. These are universal themes across human nature.
Where the line gets crossed is if we start bringing in St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine, when we start bringing in theologians to answer questions which cannot be answered by philosophy.
I think the line also gets crossed if you try to apply universal philosophy too closely to current problems. For example, if I start trotting out 'New world order' or "illuminati" or what not -- as real world things and not something out of a Shadowrun campaign -- then I've gone out of the realm of philosophy and into politics.
Philosophy and general discussion of human nature is abstract and within forum scope. Practical application and specific pointing out of current figures or near-historical is politics and off-limits.
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"Opportunities to do good are everywhere but the darkness is where the light needs to be".
-- Eliezer Yudkowski, author of "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality"
Last edited by pendell : 09-19-2012 at 01:44 PM.