Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nagel and the Anthropic Principle Applied to the Mathematization of Physics

Nagel is infamous among philosophical atheists and requires, I take it, no introduction. I was reading an article of his recently where he attempts to dismiss, in the space of a few pages, all of the arguments of Natural Theology … Continue reading

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Self-organizing emergent properties?

Michael Shermer has said, in an otherwise uninteresting debate, during the question and answer period, that: “there are self-organizing emergent properties within the Cosmos, and Evolution is one of them.” This he said in response to the question: “is our existence an … Continue reading

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What does Manichean Iconography tell us about Manichean doctrine?

G.K. Chesterton, with his usual wit, candor and insight, said in Orthodoxy, which I read over this past summer, the following: Even when I thought, with most other well-informed, though unscholarly, people, that Buddhism and Christianity were alike, there was one thing … Continue reading

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Deflationary theory of semantics and the PSR

The Principle of Sufficient Reason can be construed as the principle which states that for any fact having the property of being true or false (contingently), there is some corresponding reason which explains why the fact should have that property. … Continue reading

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Can we be fooled about Mathematics?

Suppose we say that a Malin génie is causing us to have the experience of thinking that we are correct when we calculate that three times three is thirteen. Descartes in this way wishes to cast doubt on our confidence with … Continue reading

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Middle Knowledge and Theology of Revelation

I want to suspend my reservations about the doctrine of middle knowledge for the moment in order to explore two interesting (possibly advantageous) consequences for our theology of Revelation which it may have. First of all, we may be able … Continue reading

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Positivism and ‘recent-creation’: a damning set of objections

This thought occurred to me during my Metaphysics class this morning. Positivism is a theory of semantics which says basically that a sentence is meaningful if and only if  it is analytic a priori or synthethic a posteriori and verifiable. … Continue reading

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Metaphysics and sufficient reason

I just realized today, or perhaps the thought simply became clearer to me today, that the whole project of classical metaphysics is one of trying to account for phenomena by appeal to noumena. However, the inference from one to the … Continue reading

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Moorean response to Positivism

Positivism may say that there are no necessary existential truths such as ‘God exists’ or even ‘I exist’. Descartes argued his way to saying that the one thing which cannot ever be doubted was that ‘I exist’. Positivism, however, accepts … Continue reading

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Is Eternal Motion possible?

Thomas Aquinas’ first way begins as follows: The first and more manifest way is the argument from motion. It is certain, and evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion. Now whatever is in motion … Continue reading

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