Question about History - Charles Taliaferro responds

Can historical value judgements be objective? Because questions presuppose other questions having been answered, it seems crucial to figure out what prior questions it assumes, and philosophy of
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Can historical value judgements be objective? Because questions presuppose other questions having been answered, it seems crucial to figure out what prior questions it assumes, and philosophy of history often boils down to the psychological motives of people and individuals which must involve interpretations and not just a listing of facts. Response from: Charles Taliaferro To begin with some of your observations and then move to your question: I believe you are quite right that history involves more than the listing of facts that might be more true of a chronicle than a history and the practice of history involves interpretation. While for some historians and in some philosophies of history psychological motives and individual agency are important, but for Marxist historians and a Marxist philosophy of history there is more of a stress on economic forces and social relations. I suggest that the more plausible philosophies of history recognize historical explanations as a. . .

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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
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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 nonetheless formed by a reliable mechanism that is truth-oriented. I doubt whether atheism could be properly basic. If I [...]

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Medieval maps

Mapmaking mystery. How did a 13th-century cartographer do work so accurate that you could still navigate the Mediterranean with it?…
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Mapmaking mystery. How did a 13th-century cartographer do work so accurate that you could still navigate the Mediterranean with it?… more»

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Art of not letting go

We live in an injury culture. That’s not cynicism, it’s fact. Pain is a fount of creative inspiration. And self-indulgence..
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We live in an injury culture. That’s not cynicism, it’s fact. Pain is a fount of creative inspiration. And self-indulgence.. more»

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On L.E. Sissman

The bard of Madison Ave. L.E. Sissman – poet, critic, advertising executive – had an “amiable, attentive intelligence,” according to John Updike. Sissman’s muse: the office…
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The bard of Madison Ave. L.E. Sissman – poet, critic, advertising executive – had an “amiable, attentive intelligence,” according to John Updike. Sissman’s muse: the office… more»

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Philosophers and their religious practices, part 5 – The ethics and justice of mitzvot

This is the fifth installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices. In this series of interviews, I ask philosophers about their
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This is the fifth installment of a series of interviews I am conducting with academic philosophers about their religious practices. In this series of interviews, I ask philosophers about their religious practices and the influence on their philosophical work. Follow the links for parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. The contributors are in various stages [...]

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On G. K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton inveighed against pessimism, determinism, pragmatism, even impressionism. Yes, Impressionism: “It puts what one notices above what one knows”…
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G.K. Chesterton inveighed against pessimism, determinism, pragmatism, even impressionism. Yes, Impressionism: “It puts what one notices above what one knows”… more»

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Oscar Wilde in America

Wilde in America. Clad in green-velvet knee breeches and patent-leather shoes, he crossed the continent in search of attention…
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Wilde in America. Clad in green-velvet knee breeches and patent-leather shoes, he crossed the continent in search of attention… more»

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On Slavoj Žižek

Žižek ad nauseam. Same jokes, same provocations, an endless loop of “new” books: He is a philosophic iPod shuffle…
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Žižek ad nauseam. Same jokes, same provocations, an endless loop of “new” books: He is a philosophic iPod shuffle… more»

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The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion

2015.03.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Clayton Crockett, B. Keith Putt, and Jeffrey W. Robbins (eds.), The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion, Indiana
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2015.03.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Clayton Crockett, B. Keith Putt, and Jeffrey W. Robbins (eds.), The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion, Indiana University Press, 2014, 292pp., $40.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780253013880. Reviewed by Peter C. Blum, Hillsdale College An event that declares its intent to explore "the future of ____" necessarily constitutes a promissory and normative mapping, in addition to whatever selective recollection, gathering, describing, or typologizing it might offer. Another way to put this would be to observe that no gaze into the future is innocent. A philosophical future is a future that is, as yet, unthought, and it is worth remembering that any attempt to think what is as yet unthought is unavoidably an attempt to drag it -- perhaps prematurely -- into thought. This collection originated at the fourth Postmodern Culture and Religion Conference at Syracuse University in 2011. I was at that conference, and so was. . .

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