Philosopher of the month: David Hume

Born in Edinburgh, Hume is considered a founding figure of empiricism and the most significant philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment. With its strong critique of contemporary metaphysics, Hume’s
Born in Edinburgh, Hume is considered a founding figure of empiricism and the most significant philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment. With its strong critique of contemporary metaphysics, Hume’s [More]

Religious belief: A natural phenomenon with natural causes

In our time, as in Hume’s, billions of people all over the world derive their moral framework, attitude towards life, and conduct towards others from belief in a supernatural entity and the
In our time, as in Hume’s, billions of people all over the world derive their moral framework, attitude towards life, and conduct towards others from belief in a supernatural entity and the [More]

Contextualism and Skepticism — draft of chapter

link pdf Does the contextualist seek to dissolve disputes over skepticism? And does she use a “perfectly general strategy” for doing so? Is she not interested in, or not addressing, the
link pdf Does the contextualist seek to dissolve disputes over skepticism? And does she use a “perfectly general strategy” for doing so? Is she not interested in, or not addressing, the [More]

The Lonely Philosopher

We might nonetheless explore the public image of the philosopher for curiosity’s sake. Atop his many perceived qualities sits his isolation from his scholarly brethren; we appear to conceive of him somehow distanced from the scientist, the historian, and the poet. This disparity is for some based in philosophy’s purported lack of substance, manifest in its scholars’ deficiency in anything by the way of economic utility. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-15-2013

I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes)
I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-1-2013

“This is the real conclusion of [the Theatetus], namely, that true knowledge of sensible objects is unattainable, and—by implication—that true knowledge must be knowledge of the universal and abiding.”
“This is the real conclusion of [the Theatetus], namely, that true knowledge of sensible objects is unattainable, and—by implication—that true knowledge must be knowledge of the universal and abiding.” [More]

March 19 2012: Week in Review

New and noteworthy philosophy from around the web. Global atheism, religious humans, faith as a delusion, slippery slopes, republicans and linguistics, evidence for bigfoot, moral monsters, JFK, existential psychology.
New and noteworthy philosophy from around the web. Global atheism, religious humans, faith as a delusion, slippery slopes, republicans and linguistics, evidence for bigfoot, moral monsters, JFK, existential psychology. [More]

Richard Dawkins to speak at Newport High School

Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Sean Faircloth, and world-renowned author, bioethicist, and secularist Richard Dawkins will explore how religion impacts government and society and how the secular community can increase its influence.
Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Sean Faircloth, and world-renowned author, bioethicist, and secularist Richard Dawkins will explore how religion impacts government and society and how the secular community can increase its influence. [More]

Boghossian: Faith is a Cognitive Sickness

Dr. Peter Boghossian pulls no punches claiming that faith is a cognitive sickness and that those who attempt to get to the truth using faith are delusional. In this trailer for a talk he gave at Portland State University, Dr. Boghossian passionately argues that faith, regardless of the conclusions one draws from it, is a faulty process and cannot reliably get one to the truth.
Dr. Peter Boghossian pulls no punches claiming that faith is a cognitive sickness and that those who attempt to get to the truth using faith are delusional. In this trailer for a talk he gave at Portland State University, Dr. Boghossian passionately argues that faith, regardless of the conclusions one draws from it, is a faulty process and cannot reliably get one to the truth. [More]

On Knowing God Exists

In this podcast and accompanying video, Paul Pardi lays out what he sees as Plantinga’s core argument and briefly examines some objections. The presentation was designed as a primer to Plantinga’s ideas on religious belief and warrant.
In this podcast and accompanying video, Paul Pardi lays out what he sees as Plantinga’s core argument and briefly examines some objections. The presentation was designed as a primer to Plantinga’s ideas on religious belief and warrant. [More]