Monthly Archives: September 2013

Examining an argument against the Existence of God from the incoherence of Libertarian accounts of free will

Somebody sent me this argument earlier today: 1. Libertarian free will is incoherent.2. If LFW is incoherent, then God does not have LFW.3. If God does not have LFW, God’s actions are either determined or random.4. If God’s actions are … Continue reading

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Humean Conjunctions

Suppose that the Humean is right that cause is merely regular conjunction. We never observe B without observing A, so we say that A causes B. However, why the ordering of A and B? If there is no objective A-theoretic … Continue reading

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A plausible cosmological argument from the Principles of Sufficient Reason.

Ever since discovering Aquinas’ third way, Copleston’s cosmological argument (in his debate with Russell), and reading Pope Pius XII’s statement in Humani Generis that: It is well known how highly the Church regards human reason, for it falls to reason … Continue reading

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Hume’s Book Burning Argument

“If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and … Continue reading

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Platonism’ Formal Family Tree

Platonists say that Platonic Forms are beings which exist. I do not think they do exist (and I don’t even think they are ‘beings’, contra the neo-meingonian). However, in thinking about Platonism, which has occupied me lately, it seems to … Continue reading

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Justice as Fairness vs Perfectionism

The Maximin principle advanced by John Rawls, says, contrary to two different kinds of Utilitarianism, the first of which says we should opt for the system which realizes the greatest maximum well-being, the second of which says we should opt … Continue reading

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Another Short Argument: Against Atheistic Platonism

I just wrote this argument out in the comments section on Dr. Alexander Pruss’ blog, and when looking it over I decided I liked it so much that I might as well post it on my own blog. Enjoy. 1. … Continue reading

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Short Argument Against Platonism

No Platonic Form can have a property with which it is not identical (3 cannot be 7, 7 cannot be green, greenness cannot be smaller than rudeness, etc). A Platonic Form is a Universal, and a Universal is a Platonic … Continue reading

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Pure Undifferentiated Substances?

Recently I was confronted, in the midst of a discussion about Transubstantiation, with the idea that a commitment to substance realism seems to entail a commitment to the reality or possibility of a pure undifferentiated substance. I responded in the … Continue reading

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Properly Basic Inferences

Recently I suggested that belief in God might be properly basic in two ways, either by being grounding in something like a sensus divinitatis, or by being entailed by some other properly basic belief. This is, in retrospect, obviously a mistake. … Continue reading

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