The Atheist Cosmological Argument – The Orthosphere. I said the other day in passing that, “…theism is not unverifiable.
Its contradiction is incoherent, so it must be true. Just why that’s so is a topic for another post.” This is that post. Take “cosmos” to mean everything whatever that is contingent – that is, i.e., not necessary. A Czech Philosopher Comes to the Defense of Truth. In contrast to lie or error, truth is usually understood as an idea that corresponds to reality (or the quality of such an idea), and the existence and accessibility of truth is taken for granted.
But the gap between common sense and “critical thinking” concerning truth is very wide. Modern philosophers have explored the obstacles that prevent us from achieving certain, objective, and universal knowledge of reality and concluded that the assumptions of common sense are highly questionable. So is truth done away with? Not at all—but one has to be extremely careful to avoid the traps.
To express ideas, we need words, and the meaning of words is far from static. The most serious problem relates to correspondence. Consent. The human person and intuition of being. October 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Uncategorized) Take your dog to see the statue of liberty and he’ll have the same visual experience as you will (and an immeasurably more rich and precise olfactory experience) but he won’t see it as fictional or symbolic.
For the same reason, if you take him for a jog in front of United Center in Chicago he won’t relate to the statue of Michael Jordan as historical, since we can’t see something as real or historical without being able to set it apart from the fictional or symbolic. This is the first possible meaning of an intuition of being, i.e. to relate to the world as real in a way opposite to the false, fictional, counterfactual, non-existent etc.. Time and causality, or scientific models are like nature. Brandon Vogt and Sean Carroll agree that causality requires the flow of time.
This Humean claim, which is axiomatic among philosophers of science and at least a few philosophers of time (cf. Brody, Smolin, Unger), is one I’ve found bewildering since grad school. Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West - Community in Mission. René Descartes Over the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world.
Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. Danish Ethical Demands and French Common Goods.
Political Philosophy. Video. How to use The Fallacy Files. The Fallacy Files are files on individual logical fallacies, together with some extras accessible from the Main Menu―see the navigation pane to your left.
There are two tools for accessing the files: The Alphabetical Index: This appears as a scrollable list on the left side of your browser window. In this index, the fallacies are listed in alphabetical order. God and Mann: Divine Simplicity and Property-Instances. Herewith, some notes on Chapter 2 of William E.
Mann, God, Modality, and Morality (Oxford UP, 2015), "Divine Simplicity. " I have been invited to review the book for Faith and Philosophy. The perception of monads/ substances. March 2, 2016 at 1:21 pm (Uncategorized) The first few times I read Monadology, I gave up when he insisted the monads had perception.
Sorry Leibniz, even after you divide perception from conscious perception, insisting on any perception in a plant or a molecule or a star is the point where I get off the bus. But in revising the text again I was suddenly struck by the sheer genius and insight of the argument. On J. P. Moreland's Theory of Existence. What follows is largely a summary and restatement of points I make in "The Moreland-Willard-Lotze Thesis on Being," Philosophia Christi, vol. 6, no. 1, 2004, pp. 27-58.
It is a 'popular' or 'bloggity-blog' version of a part of that lengthy technical article. First I summarize my agreements with J. P. Moreland. Then I explain and raise two objections to this theory. Prolegomena to the Construction of an Argument Analogous to St. Thomas's Fourth Way. A reader wrote to me recently asking for a continuation of the dialogue given in this post.
While I never continued that dialogue, it was an expression of an internal dialogue I've been having with myself for the past few months about the natural knowability of the real order of perfection in things. The topic emerged in the course of my work revising my commentary on the treatise De Deo Uno, questions 1-26 of St. Thomas's Summa Theologiae. Below I present an excerpt from a draft of my commentary on Summa Theologiae Ia q. 2 a. 3, in which I lay the groundwork for an argument constructed along the lines of St. Thomas's "Fourth Way". 1.23.16. -If reason gives us only probable truths about the world, we can interpret our desire for certitude as a desire for revelation from one “who can neither deceive nor be deceived.”
–Arguendo, take the most tendentiously antagonistic account of faith as true: belief without evidence. Don’t I want it even under that description? Not being an ideal mind, evidence is usually something I can be deceived about. What if I want a more robust belief than that? Incompleteness Arguments. Megill and Linford have a very puzzling post up at "Philosophical Percolations", looking at theistic incompleteness arguments.
By a theistic incompleteness argument, they mean an argument against atheistic naturalism (AN) of something like the following form: (1) Humans have some property P; but (2) If AN is true, then humans could not have property P (because, e.g., such a property could not exist given AN); therefore, (3) AN is false. Their argument is that these arguments cannot ever succeed. This would actually be quite significant, since, as can be seen on reading through their argument, the argument that theistic incompleteness arguments cannot succeed would be quite easily generalizable to any kind of incompleteness argument. Islam, Christianity, and liberalism again (Updated) Hope you won’t mind submitting to one more post on Islam (the last for a while, I hope).
What follows are some comments on some of the discussion of Islam and its relationship to Christianity and to liberalism that has been going on both in my own comboxes and in the rest of the blogosphere in the weeks since I first posted on the subject. Referring to God and worshipping GodIn my recent post on the debate about whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God, I made it clear that all that I was there addressing was the philosophical question of whether Christians and Muslims succeed in referring to one and the same thing when they use the word “God.”
In other words, I was discussing an issue in the philosophy of language. That’s it. In response, lots of people wanted to get into a debate about the merits of Islam as a religion, the consequences of Muslim immigration into Western countries, universal salvation, political correctness, etc. MacIntyre's Damascus: In the Province of Social Science. Cosmological argument from time.
A: I’m open to cosmological arguments, but not to ones that argue to a necessary being. B: What’s wrong with those? A: The universe is as necessary as any being can get, as far as I can tell. B: Why so? A: Because if something is not necessary, it can be otherwise. B: Yes. The logic of the Problem of Universals. January 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized) 1.)
Some things we know are abstract2.) We know things as they are in reality.3.) Significance vs. Natural End. January 5, 2016 at 8:03 am (Uncategorized) Humanae Vitae stands or falls on the claim that human sexual activity has a double significance. Not goal or natural end or teleology, mind you, but significance. An Atheist Questions the Logic of Darwinism, Part 2. Thomas Nagel, in his important book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, systematically challenges several important areas of study, claiming that neo-Darwinism cannot adequately explain the development of the biological world around us. An Atheist Questions the Logic of Darwinism, Part 3. Siris: Usury and Titles to Interest. It's usually thought that the traditional notion of usury was that of lending out money at interest.
Confucian Four Books Index. For a rough introduction to my philosophy of blogging, including the Code of Amiability I try to follow on this weblog, please read my fifth anniversary post. I consider blogging to be a very informal type of publishing - like putting up thoughts on your door with a note asking for comments. Nothing in this weblog is done rigorously: it's a forum to let my mind be unruly, a place for jottings and first impressions. Because I consider posts here to be 'literary seedings' rather than finished products, nothing here should be taken as if it were anything more than an attempt to rough out some basic thoughts on various issues.
Hume and Hopes for Moral Wisdom. Sic et Non on the Euthyphro problem. Business, Management & Accounting: Managers: Neoliberalism’s Executioners? In work, as in life, differences between rhetoric and reality are revealing. Being a ‘Bright’ Darkens the Intellect. Breaking the Faustian Pact: The End of Thatcherism and the Promise of Blue Labour – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics. Schmid on Final Causation in Suárez, Part II. Schmid on Final Causation in Suárez. The Paradox of Antirealism and Butchvarov's Solution.
Adding existence to something. Personal and Impersonal Uses of the First-Person Singular Pronoun. Walter Mitty atheism. Zhong Yong (Part I) Meyerson. Scientists Should Tell Lawrence Krauss to Shut Up Already. Why can’t these guys stay on topic? Or read? The inadequacy of consent. The absolute truth about relativism. Like a Moth to the Flame. Fulford on sola scriptura, Part II. Maverick Philosopher: Continental Philosophers I Respect and the 'Continental-Analytic Divide' “Hume’s Guillotine” is a slogan of many faults - Just Thomism. A Primer of the Philosophy of Nietzsche. Maverick Philosopher: Review of Barry Miller, A Most Unlikely God. Classical Theism, Philosophy, and Religion Forum. - Boardhost Free Forums. Unintuitive metaphysics.
Proving divinity. Charles De Koninck. A New and Improved Cogito Argument. Just Thomism. Introducing Bernard Lonergan’s Philosophical Proof for God. Empiricism and sola scriptura redux. Feyerabend on empiricism and sola scriptura. Liberalism’s Self-Justifying Beliefs. God is a Mathematician? Oy Vey! Feyerabend on empiricism and sola scriptura. Capital punishment should not end (UPDATED) Overlap between the Five Ways and contemporary science. Thejosias.com - Table of Contents.
Aquinas amongst the analytics. Thomistic Evolution. How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions. Summary Against Modern Thought: The Office Of A Wise Man. Chronological List of Western Philosophers. Is “religion” as contemporary persons understand it an absurd term? On the Utility and the Disadvantage of Neo-Scholastic Manuals for Intellectual Life. Animal souls, Part I.
Does the Euthyphro Dilemma Disprove God? (Part 1) What’s the deal with sex? Part I. Evolutionary Theodicy. God, Death, and the New Natural Law Theory — thomistica. The One, Trinity, and Incarnation. Notes on Dekoninck v. Eschmann. Dawkins on Understanding Fractions. Zen and the art of hylomorphism… Lecture on Kant. When We Evaluate Zen Buddhism by it’s Own Standards.
Darwinisms – UPDATED. Seldon Smiles – waka waka waka. Information theory and Greek philosophy. On the Subject of Civil Authority, and On Resistance of Tyranny. Facing the facts - Wittgenstein as a Kantian? (guest post) - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science. Lewis on transposition. A linkfest. Love and sex roundup. Dekoninck v. Eschmann, the basic argument. Current Writings. Using the Aphorism to Challenge Liberalism. What's the Matter with Analytic Philosophy. STUDENT LOGICAL FALLACY POSTERS. A critique of Ryan Anderson. Infinite monkeys (pt. 2) Christian and Naturalist Discuss Free Will. Edward Feser - Caught in the net 7 6 2015. There's more to there than physics: a review of Thomas Nagel's "Mind and Cosmos"