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41. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
University School of Philosophy and of Education Ignatianum, Cracow - General Information
42. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Janusz Salamon Problems with Disembodied Existence and Survival of Death
43. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Piotr Lenartowicz Życie a orientacja w rzeczywistości przyrodniczej
44. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Grzegorz Hołub Presentation of the Encyclopaedia of Bioethics
45. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Aleksandra Macintosh Shestov's Quest for Certainty of Faith
46. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Piotr Lenartowicz On empirical premisses of ontological pluralism
47. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Prof. Stanisław Ziemiański, S.J., Roman Darowski On the Occasion of his Seventy Fifth Birthday
48. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Roman Darowski Giuseppe Angiolini SJ (174 7-1814), Professor of Philosophy in the Polotsk Academy
49. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Tadeusz Ślipko The Concept of Value in the Ethical Thougth of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła
50. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 11
Robert Janusz Jak to jest być świadomym? Analityczne teorie umyshi a problem świadomości
51. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
John Vattanky Proof for the Existence of God in Classical Indian Philosophy
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Both in the East and in the West, there is, apart from the religious approach to God, also a purely rational one. Although in India philosophical speculationon God was mostly inextricably bound to religion, there have also been purely rational developments in Indian Theodicy. This is the case above all in theNyāyavaiśeṣika system, where we find a purely rational and logical approach to the question of the existence and nature of God. It is the specific contribution of the Nyāyavaiśeṣika system to have developed a purely logical and rational argument for the existence of God. My purpose here is to take this proof in its developed form, as it is found in Gaşgeśa, and investigate its philosophical and logical implications.
52. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Plamen Damianov The Accumulation of Change Depending on the Time Factor
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Each phenomenon contains variable components, which are conservative. Because of their conservation, they accumulate. Present phenomena containconstituents of phenomena, belonging to the past which form the present and the future, and their dependence on time is an exponential one - S = Sₒe^t-tᵖ (S is avariable component, is a moment in the past). We assume that before and after tₒ = t-tᵖ = 0 the change pertains to phenomena of one type. The dependency is foreach defined phenomenon of one and the same type (for its characteristics). The concrete aspect of the change S will depend on the type of the phenomenon. We show in our study how in some cosmological phenomena, the exponential dependence on time is present. The processes of radioactive disintegration of atomic nuclei, are also phenomena of this type. We present the real phenomena as a sum of exponents. Each phenomenon originates, develops and is destroyed. In reality most phenomena are formed as a composition of exponential dependencies of the change (of its characteristics).
53. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Jakob Zigouras Spinoza and the Possibility of Error
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If we consider certain features of Spinoza's metaphysics, it can seem very difficult to see how error, or the having of false ideas, is possible. In this paperI want to give the metaphysical background to the problem, before turning to a more detailed consideration of how Spinoza in fact accounts for error, or the having of false ideas. I will show the importance of the notions of adequacy and inadequacy in Spinoza's account. Having done this I will return to the central problem of accounting for the ontological status of false ideas vis a vis both the Infinite Intellect, and finite minds.
54. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Janusz Sytnik-Czetwertyński The Philosophical Foundations of the Kinematic Atomism of Ruder Josip Boscovich
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Ruder Josip Boscovich (1711 - 1787), a philosopher, mathematician, physicist and astronomer. The greatest of the forgotten - as Barrow says. The author of the Theory of Everything, based on the presumption that the whole substance of this world is reducible to simple, homogeneous, discontinuous and invariablephysical points. These points being the centers of forces of repulsion and attraction. His system of kinematic atomism constitutes a crucial stage in the development of physics and philosophy. The physical points combine both material and psychological features, therefore among commentators the prevailing view is that they possess rather a quasi-material nature. The following presentation, however, emphasizes their psychological aspect, especially in the light of Boscovich's fairly original attempt to reduce mental states and physical facts to one, common definition. This reduction is based on the presumption that the mles which govern both kinds of substance (bodies and minds) can be reduced to the one (and only one) Rule of All Forces. Hence, this rule concems everything in the Universe.
55. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Ryszard Mordarski Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell. Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Ryszard Mordarski
56. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Grzegorz Hołub Personhood in Bioethics
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The concept of personhood has been recently strongly criticized by some bioethicists. The present article aims at refuting these criticisms. In order to showhow the notion of personhood operates in bioethics, two understandings of it proposed by an Italian bioethicist Maurizio Mori are sketched: a person as a part of the cosmological order and a person as an autonomous-like entity. It is argued that none of the proposed understandings is adequate. The cosmological concept perceives the person as a derivative of the empirical processes. The autonomous-like, in turn, conceives the person as a freely acting subject. This paper endeavours to prove that both conceptions are one-sided. In order to do that, the thought of German philosopher Robert Spaemann is deployed. He convincingly points out that the person must be considered from a so-called 'modus existendi' stance. It means that to be a person is to possess a unique way of being. That being encompasses the material content (body) not as a casual factor but as an indispensable mean of expressing itself The final thesis is that the person's being is man's life. Drawing upon such a conclusion, it is taken up a critical discussion with the views rejecting the usefulness of the concept.
57. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Miłosz Pawłowski Traversing the Infinite and Proving the Existence of God
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The aim of this paper is to present a proof to the conclusion that is impossible to traverse an infinite series (in particular, an infinite series of past moments).This may also show (given additional assumptions) that the series of past moments cannot be infinite. In the first section I formulate five theses concemingtraversing, successive addition and successive subtraction and I present the idea of the argument: if it were possible to traverse an infinite past, it should be in principle possible to go back, which is, however, impossible. The main body of the paper is concemed with working out a simple mathematical representation of some structural features of processes like traversing and successive addition. I also make a crucial distinction between completion of a process at a particular time and its timeless „completion" in infinite time. In section V, I present the formal proof and defend it against a possible objection of question-begging. Finally, I suggest that my argument can contribute to constructing arguments for God's existence, and to solving the problem of the asymmetry of our attitudes towards death and prenatal non-existence.
58. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Anna Abram The Philosophy of Moral Development
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This article presents a view of moral development based on the interdisciplinary study of moral psychology and virtue ethics. It suggests that a successfulaccount of moral development has to go beyond what the developmental psychology and virtue ethics advocate and find ways of incorporating ideas, suchas 'moral failure' and 'unpredictability of life'. It proposes to recognize the concept of moral development as an essential concept for ethics, moral philosophy andphilosophy of education, and as a useful tool for anyone who wants to engage constructively in dialogues of religions, cultures and personal interaction.
59. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Grzegorz Hołub Tadeusz Biesaga, Elementy etyki lekarskiej [Issues in Medical Ethics] by Grzegorz Hołub
60. Forum Philosophicum: Volume > 12 > Issue: 1
Marek Pepliński Erik J. Wielenberg, Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe by Marek Pepliński