Thomist philosopher Edward Feser's Five Proofs of the Existence of God is being added to the recommended readings page. In this book he makes five arguments for God's existence and provides relevant background knowledge as he works through the proofs. He also argues that we can know some of the attributes of God. Objections to … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser
I was asked to comment on Stephen Maitzen's article Naturalism and the Fundamental Question. The fundamental question (FQ) is: why is there anything, rather than nothing at all? The first problem I have with the article is that Maitzen defines the "natural" as "the denial of supernaturalism: the denial that any nonnatural minds, agents, or … Continue reading Re: Naturalism and the Fundamental Question
The cheap grace of condemning slavery There is a long history of arguing that, in fact, no one can be entitled to our labor, and that to sell our labor is as morally wrong as slavery. I suspect this goes too far, and that the closest we can get to a short definition of slavery is labor without … Continue reading The cheap grace of condemning slavery
A reader has asked me to comment on another of Mike D's posts at The A-Unicornist blog: Aquinas' Argument from Motion Some day (in the distant future) I'd like to write more on this site about Aquinas's philosophy but today we shall merely focus on why Mike's criticisms of the argument from motion are unsuccessful. … Continue reading Re: Aquinas’ Argument from Motion
A reader solicited comments on two posts from Mike D at The A-Unicornist blog: Toward an Understanding of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem Toward an Understanding of the Mind: Problems with Dualism The first post just summarizes the mind-body problem. In the second post, Mike states his purpose to be the following: For the purposes … Continue reading Re: Towards an Understanding of the Mind
Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor? by Eric Jonas & Konrad Paul Kording Abstract There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. … Continue reading Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?
Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts by Steven J. Jensen is an excellent book on how an understanding of human nature leads to knowledge of the human good. The book focuses on how we can know the natural law. It does not apply the natural law to specific moral questions … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Knowing the Natural Law by Steven Jensen