Functional Philosophy #95

(1) Guns & Force (2) Implicit Knowledge (3) Second-Handedness

In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:

00:38 - "You have very peculiar definitions of initiatory and retaliatory force. Waving a gun around and pointing it at people, yet not actually shooting them, is still a threat of violence (coercion) - still an attempt to force their will on to you. However, simply owning a "prohibited" firearm in the privacy of your own home, locked in a safe no one even knows about is an act of violence (against who?), justifying force against them? And the reason why I ask "against who", is because you resort to collectivist standards of victimhood to justify pre-emptive (yet "retaliatory"?) force against someone who has neither committed violence nor threatened its use against any individual person. Please, check your premises."

06:54 - "If the implicit knowledge of all men is that existence exists, from where do the explicit ideas contradicting this arise? Why did it take centuries of bunk philosophers for Aristotle and Ayn Rand to come around and state what is implicit knowledge for all?"

10:23 - "Can you explain the meaning of the term second-handed used by Ayn Rand in the Fountainhead? Because I can't seem to understand its meaning... Is there a context in which being second-handed can be valuable?"

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