True Story (substantially)
In a day and age before the Iphone and
Skype... long ago... several years...
Two friends, let us call them Jay and Duke, live
3000 miles apart..
They frequently talk on the cell phone about
various and sundry philosophical topics.
Jay is a Thomist, a Classical Realist.
Duke is a Postmodern Skeptic.
Recently their phone conversation went like this.
Jay: I miss you, man.
Duke: I really don’t agree with your theory that
we can be certain about anything.
Really, Nothing is Certain.
Jay: Are you certain about that?
Duke : Yes, I am certain.
Jay: Well, you just violated the principle of
You say that you are certain that you are not
certain non-certain at the same time.
You can't be certain about absolute
Duke: Why don’t you shove your principle of
non-contradiction #$(*&))(*%#. !!!!
Duke then hung up on poor Jay.
Comment and advice by your web
It seems like Duke had to resort to the logical
fallacy of the appeal to violence,
which is thus:
If someone does not agree with you, you
threaten him with some kind of harm to make
him agree.. This is usually done by those who:
1. Don’t have a logical case.
2. Contradict themselves and can’t get out of
3. People with a bad temper when it comes to
some philosophical problems.
Jay knows what happened to Socrates because
his opponents couldn’t disprove his arguments.