Monthly Archives: February 2013

Short argument for Phenomenalism/Idealism

The Christian claims that God created ex nihilo (out of nothing) by which the Christian minimally means that there was no material cause of the world’s coming into existence, even if God was its efficient cause. Some people, including Christians, … Continue reading

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The Return of Pascalian Wagers?

One of the arguments which has in the past popularly been used by Theists, but is today largely abandoned by Theists, is Pascal’s Wager, which is a pragmatic argument for belief in God rather than an argument whose conclusion states … Continue reading

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True Propositions about Not-Anything?

Here’s a quick reflection I came up with today thanks to the conversation I’m having with Robert Oerter on his blog. Can one say anything true about a world in which nothing exists? By ‘nothing’ I don’t mean empty space, but … Continue reading

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German Bishops and Contraceptive Technologies

Recently it was announced in Germany that Catholic hospitals would be treating rape victims with a morning-after pill. It was established that the morning-after pill is not an abortifacient (at least under certain conditions), and that it can be legitimately … Continue reading

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Introduction to Ontologism

Ontologism is the view described by the Catholic Encyclopedia in the following way: Ontologism is an ideological system which maintains that God and Divine ideas are the first object of our intelligence and the intuition of God the first act of our intellectual knowledge. Vincenzo Gioberti (1801-52) developed his … Continue reading

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Conceiving, Imagining, and Possible Worlds

Kant argued (at least as I understand him) that it is impossible to conceive of the/a world absent space and time, due to the constitution of our cognitive faculties. I think he was clearly wrong, since I think I can … Continue reading

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I Am, Therefore I Think.

[being edited] Perhaps there is an argument here: sum, ergo cogito. In other words, if one can apperceive (that is, if they can perceive that they perceive, for instance by perceiving that they perceive themselves), then one can conclude that … Continue reading

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Natural Law Theory and Objective Prescriptive and Proscriptive Duties

Some Christian thinkers have suggested that we can, in fact, derive an ought from an is; that we can derive an imperative from an indicative. They argue that Natural Law theory may license this claim. let us understand that what is … Continue reading

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Given A-theory, and Theism, could God travel backwards through time?

To travel backwards through time might mean something like, making what was past, present. On an A-theory, that would mean making what was robustly real in the past, but is no longer robustly real in the present, robustly real in … Continue reading

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Brute Facts and Intellectual Satisfaction

Given the choice between two alternative beliefs, one of which is less intellectually satisfying than the other, we ought to choose the more intellectually satisfying belief. Brute Facts are not intellectually satisfying beliefs (they are, in fact, intellectually dissatisfying beliefs). … Continue reading

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