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Partisan Point Scoring Instead of Listening

I once presented a paper at an informal colloquium to a mix of faculty and students. I offered a complex argument using multiple philosophers to critique another’s position. At the end of my presentation, a PhD student eagerly asked “you … Continue reading

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The Arrogance of Theism and Atheism

A popular argument among philosophers and pseudo-philosophers is the existence or nonexistence of God. Even though many philosophers have long pointed out the futility of having the debate, in certain circles it rages on. A circle is the proper analogy … Continue reading

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The Misleading Distinction

Traditionally, the period of “modern philosophy” (Bacon to Kant, 1590-1790) has been divided into empiricists and rationalists. On the “empirical” side are Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. On the “rationalist” side are Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. The rationale given for … Continue reading

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