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Posted inPhilosophy

Luke Breuer Takes on Conceptual Nominalism

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have a long history in my writing and philosophy here and elsewhere of adhering to a position called “conceptual nominalism”. If you want more details, check out: Philosophy 101 (philpapers induced) #2 – Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism The Pertinence of Nominalism to Religious and Philosophical Debates Natural Law, Essentialism and Nominalism Today, responding […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Arguing about Naturalism with a Commenter

Reading Time: 6 minutes I am going to challenge the comment of Person223 that he placed on another thread about naturalism. I thank him for at least giving something approaching a substantial claim, something that many detractors over the last few days have singularly failed to do: A chair is a chair. Not everything that can be sat upon […]

Posted inMeaning & Purpose, Philosophy

Sean Carroll on His Poetic Naturalism

Reading Time: < 1 minute I previously introduced you to Sean Carroll’s Poetic Naturalism, which I see as a naturalistic worldview entailing conceptual nominalism. Here are a few videos to explain his position: Poetic naturalism: The meaning of life: Purpose:   Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Poetic Naturalism

Reading Time: 3 minutes I am a big fan of Sean Carroll for a whole host of reasons, but recently because of his book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself (UK), which, if you know my philosophical positions on big ideas and my endless deference to conceptual nominalism, is a whole thesis defending this philosophy. […]

Posted inGeneral

The Second Amendment and Rights

Reading Time: 12 minutes A thread has recently exploded when I posted about the Second Amendment and drawing the line between acceptable and unacceptable weaponry. On the thread, one particularly obvious common denominator sprung up with all of the gun advocates, the idea of “rights”: A right is no less a right just because time goes by and technology […]

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