The Perverted Faculty Argument

Introduction The perverted faculty argument presupposes Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics, in particular the existence of formal and final causes. The first presupposition is essentialism, the belief that natural substances possess essences that are objectively real (rather than inventions of the mind or artifacts of language) and are immanent to the substances themselves (rather than existing in a … Continue reading The Perverted Faculty Argument


Jonathan MS Pearce: My Atheistic Moral Philosophy

I want to briefly comment on Jonathan MS Pearce's post My Atheistic Moral Philosophy; Objective, Subjective and Theistic Morality. Recently, in a comment thread on his site, I made the comment that many atheists do not have beliefs that can provide a foundation for objective morality. A group of atheists responded by saying I was … Continue reading Jonathan MS Pearce: My Atheistic Moral Philosophy

Quotes from Robert Reilly

The following quotations are from Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything. I would change the sub-title to read "How Rejecting the Natural Law Is Changing Everything". We start with a summary of the book's major points: My thesis is very simple. There are two fundamental views of reality. One is that … Continue reading Quotes from Robert Reilly

Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics by Daniel J. Castellano Quantum mechanics, to put it gently, is not the most philosophically lucid theory in physics. Its conventional interpretations include fantastic claims that strike at the realist and empiricist underpinnings of modern science. Among these claims are the principle of “superposition,” where an object can be in … Continue reading Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Book Recommendation: Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser

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

Re: Naturalism and the Fundamental Question

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

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