Category Archives: Empiricism

Minds and Brains: Justification for Immaterialism about the Mind

I have made this point a few times in various discussions, but I’d like to make it here again. Often the Naturalist will argue that we have never observed minds without brains. For every mind we observe, we observe a … Continue reading

Posted in Empiricism, Epistemology, Naturalism, Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Empiricism, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Hume you never knew

Here are two quotes from Hume which, if you didn’t know they were from Hume, you would never have guessed they were from him. “I never asserted so absurd a proposition as that something could arise without a cause.” “The same cause … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Empiricism, Miscellaneous, Philosophy | Tagged | Leave a comment

Science and Christianity

We have a terrible habit of forgetting that science is only the step-child of the enlightenment. Science is actually, first of all, the progeny of Christianity (via Christendom). Historians of science are well aware, for the most part, of just … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Empiricism, Miscellaneous, Naturalism, Philosophy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Empiricism, Epistemology, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Time, Theology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are the laws of physics descriptive or prescriptive?

If the laws of physics are descriptive, as I have previously been inclined to think, then there may be a problem with saying that they are also designed. One of the problems is that counterfactuals would not be grounded in … Continue reading

Posted in Empiricism, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Is Metaphysics properly basic?

Fr. Coplestone in his debate with A.J. Ayer seems to suggest that metaphysics “must, in my opinion, refer to a reality beyond or behind phenomena.” Thus, phenomena are the proper items of empirical science, whereas questions concerning what explains phenomena … Continue reading

Posted in Empiricism, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gödel’s incompleteness theorem and intuition

“I don’t think the brain came in the Darwinian manner. In fact, it is disprovable. Simple mechanism can’t yield the brain. I think the basic elements of the universe are simple. Life force is a primitive element of the universe … Continue reading

Posted in Empiricism, Logic, Modality, Rationalism, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment