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Fighters For Philosophy

A group that is for anyone and everyone.  You can talk about anything related to knowledge.NOTE: Topics may be controversial, especially if religion is involved. please respect one another.

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why we do such things 14 Replies

is it free will or is it something else?Continue

Started by Scott Singletary. Last reply by Layla Johanna Felton May 21.

"COEXIST" 9 Replies

This relates somewhat to the topic on atheist-christian friendships, but I wanted to start a more focused discussion on "coexistence" and religious "tolerance." What do people want to advocate when…Continue

Started by L. Harris. Last reply by Christopher Moss Apr 12.

Scientific Conjecture and Philosophy 4 Replies

If we go by the definition of scientific conjecture used by wikipedia: A conjecture is a proposition that is unproven. Karl Popper pioneered the use of the term "conjecture" in scientific philosophy.…Continue

Started by James Michael DeMaio. Last reply by Jeffrey Elliott Feb 18.

The meaning of life. 12 Replies

So I've been thinking about the meaning of life/the question of why even live?  I haven't made much progress because it seems like there's no big reason to even exist.  I'm not suicidal or anything,…Continue

Started by Jackson McDermott. Last reply by James Michael DeMaio Oct 3, 2013.

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Comment by Ash Phillips on January 6, 2012 at 10:49am

Hi! I recently started a Debate Group that I hoped some of the members here might be interested in joining.  It was started because the debate forum on the ning is more of a free-for-all of intellectual posturing, so I created a group where there are more formal rules and teams and so forth.

We've only just set up and haven't actually had any debates yet, and we're currently throwing around ideas on how to run the proceedings, but I'd love to see some of you there participating or even just spectating.

The group can be found here.

Comment by Shane on November 3, 2011 at 4:09pm

Yes, that's pretty much it. Like you said, the first principle has to be outside the body, because otherwise, everything would be living. Thus the defining factor of life, as he calls it, the first principle, is something beyond the material, something that can still move material bodies, which he says the soul is able to do in the same way that heat can warm something without being a material body itself.

The internet is awesome. I love how many places out there make the full text of the Summa readily available.

Comment by Brianna Marie on November 3, 2011 at 3:47pm

It is Question 75: Of man who is composed of a spiritual and a corporeal substance... Article 1: Whether the soul is a body.

I'm kind of confused as to why Aquinas thinks the soul is immaterial. He gives the argument that the first principle of life having to be immaterial because otherwise everything made of matter would be alive... Is that the answer?

Comment by Shane on November 3, 2011 at 3:17pm

I don't have my copy of the Summa with me - are you sure he says it's not a body and not the body?  Probably just wishful thinking, because that would be quite a bit easier...

Where exactly does he say this?  I can look for the text on the internet and read more into it.  I imagine that you're right: the soul is not a physical body, and therefore is immaterial.

Comment by Brianna Marie on November 3, 2011 at 2:54pm
I have a question. I'm writing a paper on Aquinas's view of the soul (why he thinks the soul is immaterial, subsistent, and immortal) One of his arguments is showing how the soul is not a body. Is this the same thing as the soul is immaterial? It seems that what he is arguing. I was wondering if he was substituting the idea of  "material" for the word "body"?
Comment by Maura on October 16, 2011 at 1:34pm
finally others with a love of wisdom...
Comment by Scott Singletary on October 6, 2011 at 7:23pm
Well Said. Hahaha
Comment by Scott Singletary on October 6, 2011 at 4:06pm
Welcome fellow on-lookers! Let me be the first to welcome those whom join! DFTBA!
 

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