So Long Old Time Religion

Religion in the west is changing according to George Barna. Church attendance, belief in the accuracy of the Bible, and volunteerism are down. The number of unchurched is up. What's next?
Religion in the west is changing according to George Barna. Church attendance, belief in the accuracy of the Bible, and volunteerism are down. The number of unchurched is up. What's next? [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study--Part 7

We’ll start our exploration of belief with a puzzle.
We’ll start our exploration of belief with a puzzle. [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study--Part 6

What is the nature of a believing act? How is the content of a belief related to a speech act? How do beliefs refer to things in the world?
What is the nature of a believing act? How is the content of a belief related to a speech act? How do beliefs refer to things in the world? [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study—Part 5

Schmidt-Petri has shown that whether we take Smith’s belief as referential or attributive in all three cases he does not know P2 because he has not satisfied the requirements of JTB not because JTB is inadequate in some way.
Schmidt-Petri has shown that whether we take Smith’s belief as referential or attributive in all three cases he does not know P2 because he has not satisfied the requirements of JTB not because JTB is inadequate in some way. [More]

2012 Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics

The Third Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona, from January 5 through January 7, 2012. Normative ethical theory addresses general questions about the right and the good and attempts to answer such questions as: What sorts of action... [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study—Part 4

A propositional understanding of the intentional objects of belief may be inadequate and this may partly be what engenders Gettier-style counter examples to JTB.
A propositional understanding of the intentional objects of belief may be inadequate and this may partly be what engenders Gettier-style counter examples to JTB. [More]

Logic, What is It Good For?

A student in my introductory logic course expressed some frustration with the course this evening. What do you think of my response?
A student in my introductory logic course expressed some frustration with the course this evening. What do you think of my response? [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study--Part 3

On the surface, Gettier’s scenario seems to present a clear case against the sufficiency of JTB. Smith has justified, true, belief but clearly doesn’t have knowledge so JTB is inadequate. But if we examine the belief we'll see that something has gone wrong with the case, not with JTB.
On the surface, Gettier’s scenario seems to present a clear case against the sufficiency of JTB. Smith has justified, true, belief but clearly doesn’t have knowledge so JTB is inadequate. But if we examine the belief we'll see that something has gone wrong with the case, not with JTB. [More]

CFP: Edinburgh ‘Aims of Inquiry and Cognition’ Conference

The Epistemology Research Group in Edinburgh will be hosting a conference next May on ‘The Aims of Inquiry and Cognition’. Invited speakers include Ted Sider (Cornell), Carolyn Price (Open University), Asbjørn Steglich-Pedersen (Aarhus), Stephen Grimm (Fordham) & Kristoffer Ahlstrom (Copenhagen)... [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study-Part 2

Gettier cases assume a particularist methodology in that they appeal to our intuition about what knowledge consists of. When encountering a Gettier case, we tend to say, “I may not know why, but that’s not a case of knowledge.” Pure intuitions are quite different, however.
Gettier cases assume a particularist methodology in that they appeal to our intuition about what knowledge consists of. When encountering a Gettier case, we tend to say, “I may not know why, but that’s not a case of knowledge.” Pure intuitions are quite different, however. [More]