Given the scientifically proven non-existence of free will, isn't the whole field of ethics obsolete?
I mean the "is vs ought" fallacy breaks apart without free will. We do not have any control over whether we act "ethically" or not. So in the end there only is an "is" but the question of "ought" makes no sense anymore.
Is my reasoning correct? Is this an ethical stance as well? Perhaps some kind of nihilism?
What are some good books on military science and strategy?
>inb4 2 replies of Art of War and then 404.
Carl von Clausewitz - On War
Otherwise, this might interest you: http://pastebin.com/Sy6aKb39
Why is atila the hun always depicted as a mongol despite there being no contemporary description of him? He has a gothic name, his seat of power is around modern day Hungary, he ruled of a confederations of alans, goths, and huns, every one claiming descendant from him was described as white
Even actual historians are doing retarded mental gymnastics on how an illiterate mongol came from half way around the world to learn gothic and rule over european tribals
Just finished watching pic related.
It occurs to me that I haven't read a book since high school. Tomorrow I'm going to go to the library and try to become more aquatinted with history and the world.
Are there any particular books /his/ might recommend? Doesn't even have to be history related really, just anything you'd consider mandatory reading material.
In my experience books that I have been recommend are mostly shit. Books I enjoyed I found while browsing my interests and founding books on the subjects. Some even by random chance.
Maybe start with generalist books and specialize into what you are interested in.
This is really more of a /lit/ thread, but I'd say for English, Shakespeare's series of Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, and Henry V are very mandatory for embarking on any rich, pleasurable experience of literature.
How is it feel to be roman?
Hey. I am offend. From of the Gauls. Name of being Asterix. Get away from gaul only board.
How come Western man was cursed with the incomplete and poisoned religion of Christianity rather than the beautiful, perfect religion of Hinduism?
Weeaboos blown the fuck out.
>"Prior to [the Tokugawa era], the samurai were in fact mounted archers who were highly skilled with the bow and arrow, occasionally using other weapons if necessary. For the greater part of their history, the sword was not an important weapon to the samurai."
Into the trash it goes.
>For the greater part of their history, the sword was not an important weapon to the samurai.
I think what it means by this is the sword was primarily a status symbol. It is true that the bow and arrow were used and perfected by the samurai to be used while on horseback. Other weapons were used during the Warring States period in Japan, such as spears. Samurai even used guns when it was introduced to them. Honour was a massive part of every samurai's life, but they weren't...
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Is he right?
Was Aquinas a meme philosopher?
His arguments fucking stink.
Nah he is probably one of the most intelligent people to ever live and had a profound grasp of aristotles philosophy.
When we get past the current hiccup and swollow our pride and not handwave him for being a catholic he"ll return to prominence
He is probably one of the smartest people to ever walk the planet. How do you think knowledge works? That a person who knows literally nothing, if they are smart enough and think long enough can know everything?
That is like saying Newton was a dumbass because while he did invent Calculus he didn't figure out integration and derivation of trigonometric functions.
you have ten seconds to prove that ethics aren't bullshit
How do you go from this
/his/religious related tattoos thread? I'm thinking about getting some psalm verse in latin
I'm not religious, but I grew in a religious household and grew fond of the themes and allegories.
Finally finished reading this book. Tbh I liked it, even though I think it could have been shorter. How does history view Ayn Rand and her philosophy? What is wrong with following your dreams and pursuing your freedom? I can say, at least for myself, that I'm not a tool of the government and that I will fight for my future to realize my,and Ayn Rand's, dream of freedom.
I think that it's a perfect "what if" scenario if the Soviets won the Cold War. So, /his/, why does this book get so much shit?
> I can say, at least for myself, that I'm not a tool of the government and that I will fight for my future to realize my,and Ayn Rand's, dream of freedom.
What lead to the Kuomintang to be pushed out of power ideologically and to be replaced with a Maoist personality cult? Military it was obvious, the Chinese Republic was exhausted from its campaigns against the Japanese, but what lead the people to ideologically support the communists?
-Corruption, a lot of it.
-Bold head can't manage a nation.
-Bold head wants to kill of CCP once and for all, again.(failed, if not oblivious)
-Communists ideology appeals to the common masses(free school, land, food,etc.)
-Mao is more appealing to the masses at the time.
The KMT started off as one of a number of warlord movements that gripped China in the 1910s-20s. Even after "winning" and ascending to the rule of China, they never really shook that warlord model of administration. They had a core corridor running roughly from Shanghai to Chonquing (or however you spell it) and everything else they just set up people in place and expected tribute of arms and money and troops from time to time.
They were really more akin to a feudalistic government, with a...
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what is dialectical materialism
A procces of viewing history by analyzing how societies and classes create ideas and how those ideas generate actions through the material condtions they are placed in.
You know, what is three principles of dialectic? Begin at this.