On the whole, I was probably more relieved than surprised to discover that you responded to my bet with affirmation (given my past failures to accurately identify shared beliefs :-). For the most part, I am pleased that — for the first time since our Epistemology — we have agreed on a Minimal Set of Shared Beliefs (MSSB), which renders my provocative questions mostly moot. To celebrate, I have rechristened them using [Mr. Balboa's discarded :-] Roman numerals, and rounded up to ten:
I’ve added “V” to complement “IV”, and added the metric of Universal Utilitarianism as “X”, but I trust this still meets with your approval, and clarifies our common “goals.”
Now that we have a mutually-agreeed-upon Minimal Set of Shared Beliefs, let’s see if that can illuminate some of our previously perplexing posts; especially those about love…
As often happens, this is one of those things which seems so obvious (to me) that it is very difficult to explain! Let me see if I can break my understanding down into concrete logical steps, to help me understand which (if any) you find controversial.
I believe that:
(one sympathetic to human Reason, Virtue, and Happiness) — we can derive the
MSSB assumptions as theorems, rather than needing to state them as axioms
In other words, if the MSSB is “well-justified and essential for social inquiry”, then I would argue that the “deistic hypothesis” [though not without its own problems] is even more so, at least under the usual rules of science.
What I am unclear on, though, is whether you disagree with assertions A, B, or C, or simply disagree that they support my goalpost. Hopefully you can help me narrow down where we disagree so I can (finally ;-) provide you a concrete proof of [one of] my assertions, leveraging our newfound set of shared assumptions.