Can atheism be properly basic?

I’ve recently been wondering whether atheism – the belief that God does not exist – could be properly basic. By that, I mean whether it could be a belief that is not based on arguments, but
I’ve recently been wondering whether atheism – the belief that God does not exist – could be properly basic. By that, I mean whether it could be a belief that is not based on arguments, but [More]

Philosophers and their religious practices, part 3: The SCP is my Church

This is the third installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices (see here and here for previous installments). In this series of
This is the third installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices (see here and here for previous installments). In this series of [More]

Philosophers and their religious practices, Part 1: Homilies for a hoping agnostic

[cross-posted at The Philosophers’ Cocoon] This is the first installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices. Curiously,
[cross-posted at The Philosophers’ Cocoon] This is the first installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices. Curiously, [More]

Evil and Compatibilism

There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if
There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if [More]

Is Modal Realism Immoral?

I want to address what I think is a mistaken objection to modal realism: the so-called problem of indifference. The objection is originally formulated in Robert Adams. I think that our very strong
I want to address what I think is a mistaken objection to modal realism: the so-called problem of indifference. The objection is originally formulated in Robert Adams. I think that our very strong [More]

The Question of God’s Perfection

The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem December 20-23, 2015 Philosophers often describe theism as the belief in the existence of a “perfect being” — a being that is said to possess all possible perfections,
The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem December 20-23, 2015 Philosophers often describe theism as the belief in the existence of a “perfect being” — a being that is said to possess all possible perfections, [More]

Workshop ‘Explaining Religion. Cognitive Science of Religion and Naturalism’

When: December 4th‐5th 2015 Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp
When: December 4th‐5th 2015 Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink http://www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/nl/index.asp [More]

Results of my survey on religious disagreement

Religious disagreements are conspicuous in everyday life.  Most societies, except perhaps for theocracies or theocracy-like regimes, show a diversity of religious beliefs, a diversity that young
Religious disagreements are conspicuous in everyday life.  Most societies, except perhaps for theocracies or theocracy-like regimes, show a diversity of religious beliefs, a diversity that young [More]

Call for Papers-Logos 2015: Religious Experience

May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine;
May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine; [More]

Wettstein’s practice-based attitude to religious faith: Is realist theism no longer the only game in town?

[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or
[this is X-posted at NewApps] In philosophy of religion, realist theism is the dominant outlook: belief in God is similar to belief in other real things (or supposedly real things) like quarks or [More]