Monthly Archives: May 2013

Stringer’s Modal Arguments for Atheism

Ryan Stringer, a contributor to the internet infidels community, proposes that there are modal arguments for Atheism which have the following form: A. It is possible that p. B. Necessarily, if it is possible that God exists, then it is necessary … Continue reading

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St. Justin Martyr on Prophesy

Chap. XLII. — Prophecy Using the Past Tense. But when the Spirit of prophecy speaks of things that are about to come to pass as if they had already taken place, — as may be observed even in the passages … Continue reading

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Two Beautiful Passages: Invitations to Pray

On that day: A pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it. I guard it night and day so that no one can harm it; I have no wrath. If it gives me … Continue reading

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Science and Schmience

I’ve been thinking about what kind of paper topic to pursue next semester in my intermediate philosophy of science class. I have been tempted to do something controversial, like pursuing issues raised by the debate over the legitimacy of the … Continue reading

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The Real Problem with Naturalized Epistemology

Other objections aside, here is the real problem with Naturalized Epistemology as I see it. On the one hand, the principle motivator for adopting Naturalized Epistemology is the view of Metaphysical Naturalism (which is what is most often called simply … Continue reading

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Maximally specific propositions and libertarian freedom

There may be a concern that adopting the convention of talking of logically possible worlds as maximally specific propositions, each of which entail all truths at/in that logically possible world, seems to undermine libertarian freedom, since contingent choices are entailed … Continue reading

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Ontological argument from S4

It is conceivably conceivable that existence is a property (eg. Krypke’s quantified modal logic uses existence as a first order predicate). If something is conceivably conceivable then it is conceivable (by S4 modal logic). Therefore, it is conceivable that existence … Continue reading

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van Fraassen’s Constructive Empiricism

Bas van Fraassen is not your typical scientific anti-realist. Against the positivists, van Fraassen doesn’t want to admit that two different theories which predict all the same observations and experiences, are semantically equivalent, and thus he rejects the positivist construal … Continue reading

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Mondays are Hell

Ever notice that when Genesis 1 organizes it’s creation narrative into six consecutive days, the second day is the only one at the end of which God actually doesn’t say “it was good”? Well, Kabbalists have. Bachya ben Asher ibn Halawa, … Continue reading

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“This is what I find about the Torah”

N.T. Wright says that Romans 7:21 is tragically mistranslated when it says “so I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” Instead, Wright suggests, it should not be translated as … Continue reading

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