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Posted inPhilosophy

Materialism As a Position of Faith

Reading Time: 6 minutes I am, brought on by a section on phenomenology in a forthcoming book, looking back into the school of philosophy known as idealism. It’s been a long time since I have written and researched on this particular subject and I am enjoying it immensely. What are phenomenology and idealism? Well, Phenomenology is the study of structures of […]

Posted inGeneral

Other Minds and Problems with Idealism

Reading Time: 11 minutes Time to get back to some philosophy. Today we will be briefly looking at the position of idealism as developed by many German philosophers, but including the famous Bishop Berkeley and then taken on by Moravian philosopher Edmund Husserl and other Continental philosophers. Defining our terms Here are some pretty basic definitions of some useful […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Philosophy

Knowing Your Rights, Locke and Other Rights Problems – Take 2!

Reading Time: 9 minutes The rights debates raging on a number of recent comment threads have been pretty embarrassing for many of the people (gun advocates) taking part because they have simply not engaged with the conversation at the level it should have been. In fact, these haven’t been “rights debates”, they have been long lists of assertions followed […]

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 […]

Posted inReligion

Aquinas’ Essence and Existence Argument: A Critique

Reading Time: 6 minutes Aquinas is famous for a number of arguments for God’s existence, one such one being the argument from essence and existence from De Ente et Essentia [On Being and Essence]. I will briefly summarise it here. Everything supposedly has both essence and existence and they are two separate properties; only God has them together. The essence of […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Philosophy

My Atheistic Moral Philosophy; Objective, Subjective and Theistic Morality

Reading Time: 22 minutes As promised, here, finally, is a hopefully succinct synopsis (ha, er, impossible) of my moral philosophy. In setting it out, I will also counter positions adopted and claimed by theistic thinkers and apologists (am I implying apologists aren’t thinkers?). Let’s set out the basics. What is morality? Generally, the study of morality is split into three […]

Posted inGeneral

More on “Objective” Morality

Reading Time: 7 minutes I recently posted a piece on objective morality in response to Jeremiah Traegar’s article here at ATP. In discussing my response elsewhere, there were the following points that I would like to deal with here in order to kill two birds with one philosopher’s stone. My original quotes are in italic, with the commenter’s comments in […]

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