Monthly Archives: June 2013

The PSR and Libertarian-Freedom; Contrastive Questions and Causal Stories

 This is how philosophers should greet each other: “Take your time!” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein I want to recapitulate some of the arguments I recently presented in a discussion I had with a number of people at once on Skype (all of whom … Continue reading

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Free Will and Secular Orthodoxy

Robert P. George interestingly observes the following about free will (recently brought to my attention), which a secular humanist might be expected to dogmatically reject. “Christian philosophers such as Germain Grisez, Joseph M. Boyle, Jr., and Olaf Tollefsen have rigorously … Continue reading

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Bruteness is Transitive from Part to Whole

Some properties are transitive from part to whole, such as being spatially extended or being partially actualized, etc. Take a set of facts all of which are necessary save for one fact, a contingent fact. That set of facts will … Continue reading

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The Twelve, the Resurrection and the Apostolic college

Mormons often argue that when Jesus appointed twelve Apostles to lead his Church he intended that the Church would continue to be led at all times by twelve such apostolic leaders. Catholics, instead, believe that the Apostles were the original … Continue reading

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Identifying Substances

Recently somebody challenged me to give an account for why I think things like cats are substances, and why rocks are not, after having agreed with me that we must admit there to be substances in the world in principle. … Continue reading

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A Presuppositional argument against “meaning incommensurability”

Here’s a thought: suppose somebody wants to argue that meaning is not public property, but in fact meaning is irreducibly subjective and arbitrated, such that the natural conclusion will be that meanings recognized by different persons are incommensurable. Such an … Continue reading

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Re-locating my disagreement with Leibniz

Yesterday I found myself trying to explain substance realism and, as should be no surprise by now, I found myself again having to appeal to Leibniz’ thinking to make my own view intelligible. However, since I was thinking about how … Continue reading

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B-Theory ⊃ Platonic Forms

The B-theory of time states that any two moments in time t1 and t2 bear a relation to one another of one of the following three varieties: ‘being later-than’ ‘being earlier-than’ or ‘being simultaneous-with’ (where t1 is identical to t2). … Continue reading

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The “Vacuity” objection to ‘Substances’

Substances are predicate-bearers. Yesterday I found myself in a philosophical discussion with a friend online who argued that to say that something has a Substance or has the property of being predicate-bearing was vacuous, since if two different substances had … Continue reading

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Is there a set of all possibilities?

This question can be rephrased thus: is there a set of all logically possible worlds? Thinking of worlds as maximally consistent sets of propositions yields set-theoretic paradoxes, which, it seems to me, we can get out of by treating them, … Continue reading

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