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April 16, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

My lackluster advice on answering the buddhism critique

Buddhism is not my strength by any stretch of the imagination.

What kinds of activies & goods (beneficial or ethical) would the alternative do away with?

What is the link (fear, technology, calculative thought, etc…)????? This is where you need to get your offense.

1. Fear Good (there are some really good cards on this). Underestimating threats bad. Ground some of this in history.
2. Action Good, Paralysis Bad (Theres a decent card by Havel that I think captures this idea).
3. Technology good/technological thought good
4. You probably may have to say something about utilitarianism/calculative thought and value to life (ie answer their claims).
5. Relativism bad, the ethical good (or something around how virtue ethics…is basically what Buddhism is).

One little tip, you can make their claims to fear & utility link to the argument itself. This is an advocacy issue which coopts the alternative.

See if you can make your case or reps the precondition for their alternative (my first guess is the idea of freedom of religion as a concept & government structure). That example isn’t particularly good.

Framework

Perm.
a) This could be rorty depending on the link
b] You might be able to get away with public/private. I’ve never thought this was a particularly good version of Rorty, though.

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  1. Nathan Kets / Apr 16 2013 5:59 pm

    Buddhism is not my strength by any stretch of the imagination.

    What kinds of activies & goods (beneficial or ethical) would the alternative do away with?

    What is the link (fear, technology, calculative thought, etc…)????? This is where you need to get your offense.

    1. Fear Good (there are some really good cards on this). Underestimating threats bad. Ground some of this in history.
    2. Action Good, Paralysis Bad (Theres a decent card by Havel that I think captures this idea).
    3. Technology good/technological thought good (science good/data good versus guesswork).
    4. You probably may have to say something about (utilitarianism/calculative thought and value to life (ie answer their claims).
    5. Relativism bad, the ethical good (or something around how virtue ethics…is basically what Buddhism is).

    One little tip, you can make their claims to fear & utility link to the argument itself. This is an advocacy issue which coopts the alternative.

    See if you can make your case or reps the precondition for their alternative (my first guess is the idea of freedom of religion as a concept & government structure). That example isn’t particularly good.

    You should be able to find evidence about how positivity, idealism, or optimism should be balanced. Over-optimism, over-idealism leads to bad stuff. This isn’t quite as specific, but could function as a permutation–which is more specific than Rorty. In fact, if you ignore all bad stuff…that leads to bad stuff.

    Framework

    Perm.
    a) This could be rorty depending on the link
    b] You might be able to get away with public/private. I’ve never thought this was a particularly good version of Rorty, though.

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