Defining Our Gods

The theologian Alvin Plantinga was interviewed for The Stone this weekend, making the claim that Atheism is Irrational. His conclusion, however, seems to allow that agnosticism is pretty reasonable,
The theologian Alvin Plantinga was interviewed for The Stone this weekend, making the claim that Atheism is Irrational. His conclusion, however, seems to allow that agnosticism is pretty reasonable, [More]

Out with the old ...

... skeptical arguments. A new paper of mine, "Skeptical Appeal: The Source-Content Bias" (forthcoming in Cognitive Science), uncovers a subtle mechanism that triggers knowledge-denial and
... skeptical arguments. A new paper of mine, "Skeptical Appeal: The Source-Content Bias" (forthcoming in Cognitive Science), uncovers a subtle mechanism that triggers knowledge-denial and [More]

A Conversation with Dr. Sandy Goldberg on Getting a Job in Philosophy

In this engaging and informative podcast, we talk with Dr. Sandy Goldberg, chairman of the philosophy department at Northwestern University. The catalyst for our conversation was the Philosophy News placement reports and in this interview, we talk with Dr. Goldberg about how his university prepares students for the job market. We also talk about where philosophy as a discipline might be headed, and what the job market may look like in the future. [More]

Kant by Any Other Name?

Neo-Kantianism? Biocentrism, a theory by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman attempts to turn cosmology on it's head.
Neo-Kantianism? Biocentrism, a theory by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman attempts to turn cosmology on it's head. [More]

Beyond Logic: Why Do We Disagree?

A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple.
A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple. [More]

The Daily Owl 10-10-2013

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle) [More]

The Daily Owl 10-8-2013

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. (Russell)
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. (Russell) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-30-2013

"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion."
"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion." [More]

The Daily (Guest) Owl 9-29-2013

I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes)
I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-20-2013

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. (Russell)
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. (Russell) [More]