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@alexandershortt

Joined December 2023

7 Contexts

13 Arguments

3 Domains

289 Ideas

@alexandershortt · 03/01/24
Aesthetic taste does not determine character or moral value
True

1.

Aesthetic taste does not make a man more honorable

2.

Aesthetic taste does not make a man more worthy

3.

Aesthetic taste does not make a man more fit to govern

4.

Aesthetic taste does not determine character or moral value
@alexandershortt · 03/01/24
We can and should deplore a lack of taste in others
True

1.

If we can deplore a lack of generosity, piety, or kindness in others, we can and should deplore their lack of taste

2.

We can deplore a lack of generosity, piety, or kindness in others

3.

We can and should deplore a lack of taste in others
@alexandershortt · 03/01/24
It is principled and dutiful to take a stand for elegance, refinement, decency, and beauty
True

1.

We can and should deplore a lack of taste in others

2.

Currently, there exists a common principle that all tastes are personal and all intellectual excellences optional

3.

Currently, there are reviewers but no critics

4.

Currently, knowledge of tradition, apprenticeship, and a desire to communicate are not deemed necessary

5.

Currently, the world is uncultured and philistine, where the spiritual is obliterated and false values are prevalent

6.

It is principled and dutiful to take a stand for elegance, refinement, decency, and beauty
@alexandershortt · 02/23/24
Abortion is immoral
True

1.

Murder of an innocent life is immoral

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Life begins at conception

3.

A fetus is a life

4.

A fetus is innocent

5.

Abortion is immoral
@alexandershortt · 02/21/24
Reality is infinite
False

1.

Infinity is not computable

2.

Reality is emergent from computation

3.

Reality is infinite
@alexandershortt · 02/21/24
God exists
True

1.

There are at present contingent beings

2.

Not all beings are contingent

3.

There is at least one necessary being

4.

Every necessary being either has its necessity caused by another or has its necessity itself

5.

There cannot be an infinite series of necessary beings each having its necessity caused by another

6.

There is a necessary being having of itself its own necessity

7.

God is known as a necessary being having of itself its own necessity

8.

God exists
@alexandershortt · 02/21/24
Not all beings are contingent
True

1.

All beings are contingent

2.

If all beings are contingent, then at one time nothing existed

3.

Whatever begins to exist is caused to begin to exist by something else already existing

4.

If at one time nothing existed, then nothing would have existed at a later time

5.

If at one time nothing existed, then nothing exists now

6.

If all beings are contingent, nothing exists now

7.

Something exists now

8.

Not all beings are contingent
@alexandershortt · 02/21/24
God cannot be omniscient, good, and omnipotent
False

1.

God is omniscient, omnipotent, and wholly good

2.

It was not within God's power to create a world containing moral good but no moral evil

3.

God created a world containing moral good

4.

There is evil

5.

God cannot be omniscient, good, and omnipotent
@alexandershortt · 02/20/24
God exists
True

1.

Without God, there would be no objective morality

2.

Objective morality exists

3.

God exists
@alexandershortt · 02/15/24
It is not possible for an evil being of supreme power to convince me that I am thinking when it is false that I am thinking
True

1.

An evil being has convinced me that I am thinking, but I am not thinking

2.

I am convinced that I am thinking

3.

I am not thinking

4.

I am convinced of something

5.

If I am convinced of something, I must be thinking

6.

I am thinking

7.

I am not thinking and I am thinking

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It is not possible for an evil being of supreme power to convince me that I am thinking when it is false that I am thinking
@alexandershortt · 02/15/24
I am thinking
True

1.

For any proposition P: If it is not possible for an evil being of supreme power to convince me of P when P is false, then I cannot rationally doubt P

2.

It is not possible for an evil being of supreme power to convince me that I am thinking when it is false that I am thinking

3.

I cannot rationally doubt that I am thinking

4.

I am thinking
@alexandershortt · 02/15/24
I exist
True

1.

If I am thinking, then I exist

2.

I am thinking

3.

I exist
@alexandershortt · 02/14/24
God exists
True

1.

God is mentioned in Genesis 1:1

2.

god exists