Category Archives: Naturalism

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

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Moral Accountability and an implicit argument against Naturalism

Suppose that the Atheist responds to any and every moral argument for the existence of God that God is not required in order to purchase the objectivity of moral values or duties. Perhaps the Naturalist would argue that (i) Naturalism … 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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Do I believe in my-self?

Suppose somebody says “I think that personal identity is an illusion”. Granted, if they are Naturalists they might think that they must adopt such a commitment, since it is impossible for aggregates of matter to be ‘about’ other things, and … 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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Identity of Indiscernibles and the Multiverse

I’m not entirely sure of the quality or maturity of the following thought, so I propose it tentatively. Comments, and criticisms, are most welcome. Let us suppose that the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles, which states, according to the … Continue reading

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Gender-Specific Apologetics?

Helen de Cruz, a philosopher whose specialization is in philosophy of Religion, Naturalized Epistemology, Cognitive Science and the intersection(s) thereof, has found, in a survey she conducted, the following interesting information: Women rate the ontological argument and the pragmatic argument … Continue reading

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Fine-Tuning argument for Naturalism

Robert Oerter has offered an argument I recently ran across, according to which the popularly cited Fine-Tuning argument for the existence of God can be construed as an even stronger argument for Naturalism (he offers it in jest, though, only … Continue reading

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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

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Nagel and the Anthropic Principle Applied to the Mathematization of Physics

Nagel is infamous among philosophical atheists and requires, I take it, no introduction. I was reading an article of his recently where he attempts to dismiss, in the space of a few pages, all of the arguments of Natural Theology … Continue reading

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