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by Verrian
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"
Replies: 22
Views: 15878

Re: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"

Thank you. Even if I don't share such a pessimistic idea of prevalent unhappiness of life (in general)... I ask you and myself whether our births were a good or an evil. I answer: of course yes , because we had[?] to face tot problems and tot delights with no original consent and need from us. That'...
by Verrian
Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"
Replies: 22
Views: 15878

Re: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"

The reality is that we are ignorant of whether or not the universe is a net positive or a net negative. [...] But this potential exists. The possibility exists that the universe -could- be a net positive, and so I believe we should pursue that potential, to try and create the best of all possible u...
by Verrian
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"
Replies: 22
Views: 15878

Re: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"

Mh, I see. So, those thinkers see Happiness as a sole presence of pleasure with no pain; and, of course, only an happy life is worthy to be. More exigent, intransigent. (I also remember a traditional pessimistic argument faced by Mill, that no life can assure such a surplus even if not perfect and t...
by Verrian
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"
Replies: 22
Views: 15878

Re: David Benatar, "Better Never to Have Been"

A moltitude of thinkings throngs my head. After all, why to be a negative-utilitarian? Only when the positive way is blocked as failed surplus of pleasure over pain, if I’m not mistaken. That is, similarly when we think about a rational suicide. Is it foundamental a scientific mensuration of all lif...
by Verrian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism
Replies: 33
Views: 19276

Re: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism

Omnipotence is simply the power to do what is possible, not what is strictly impossible. So, the Creator, the all-creating Being, would have limits? I heard some christians saying that God limitated Himself (in order to guarantee the Free Will), therefore He is limited in powers; besides, some theo...
by Verrian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Utilitarian Emblem?
Replies: 40
Views: 32464

Re: Utilitarian Emblem?

...I don't know, I think 'twas the Bowood House, where Bentham lived in a time.
by Verrian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Utilitarian Emblem?
Replies: 40
Views: 32464

Re: Utilitarian Emblem?

You're right. Too personalistic also.

But the cat-face is... schmaltzy, apart the mathematical sense. What about the I.S.U.S. logo? the mansion. Boring?
by Verrian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Utilitarian Emblem?
Replies: 40
Views: 32464

Re: Utilitarian Emblem?

Between stupid and unsettling.

Whattabout this?

Image

Silhouette only (here the card). Simple, elegant... maybe too old?
by Verrian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Total versus average happiness
Replies: 24
Views: 32991

Re: Total versus average happiness

Hehehe... thanks. Reading it... I ask my self why, in both cases, the "hedons" or utilities are such a fixed amount. I mean, the utilitarians' social action is, maybe, supposed to be finished and spent. When population increases, then also its needs increase ; so... where's the maximum utility, the ...
by Verrian
Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism
Replies: 33
Views: 19276

Re: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism

Exactly, those questions! If God exists, and is both omnipotent and omnibenevolent , then the reason why there is all this apparent evil in this world is that for reasons that are currently beyond our knowledge, the evil in this world is necessary evil , required to achieve the Greatest Good in the ...
by Verrian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Total versus average happiness
Replies: 24
Views: 32991

Re: Total versus average happiness

I really need to understand this important dilemma, in clear and few words (and, perhaps, in a simple example) in order to understand the so called "Repugnant Conclusion".

Neither H. Sidgwick (ME, IV, i, 2) nor the S.E.P. helped me :roll:
by Verrian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism
Replies: 33
Views: 19276

Re: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism

Thank you! to endure my mistakes. In knowing (b.t.w.) the Utilitarian Philosophy, I'm surely inferior to you all, because you anglophones have an huge digital bibliography/library here on Internet in order to learn it. So, these aren't silly discussions for me :) I answer to you all according to my ...
by Verrian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Felicifia feedback and technical support
Topic: header
Replies: 11
Views: 10886

Re: header

DanielLC wrote:I think felicifia is Latin for happiness. Also, the Italian word for philosophy (filosofia) is derived from it. The same goes for Spanish, Polish, and probably a few other languages.
Wha'? "Filosofia" shares the same etimology with "Philosophy": love for wisdom, for knowledge.
by Verrian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Is Henry Sedgwick Worth Reading?
Replies: 5
Views: 5719

Re: Is Henry Sedgwick Worth Reading?

There's an interesting article by Bart Schultz, Why Read Sidgwick Today?, for a sicilian occasion. In Ethics, Sidgwick seems a new Aristotle, maybe superior. I'm findin' him an important philosopher, the Utilitarian.
by Verrian
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism
Replies: 33
Views: 19276

Re: Eudaimonic and Theistic Utilitarianism

Eudaimonia would not be achieved by hooking up to the matrix if the matrix was a perfect utopia of happiness, because that utopia and happiness aren't real. They're a fantasy, a drug that prevents them from actually living and being who they're supposed to be, who they can be. They would be living ...
by Verrian
Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: In Defence of Moral Realism
Replies: 13
Views: 8115

Re: In Defence of Moral Realism

I would be... No, I would to be... or, I would like to be... anglophone :cry: Merciless stupid life.

Well, consider the chemical or biophysical elements of pleasure and pain states: now you've a moral (scientific) realism, I guess.