Inspired by reading of David Hume’s Enquiry concerning the principles of Morals (EPM) edited by Tom L. Beauchamp.1 “Hume is often interpreted as arguing that no value judgment–however extreme, obscene, or cruel–is reasonable or unreasonable, just as no value judgment is factual. This interpretation needs careful assessment. A passion is ‘unreasonable’ for Hume not because […]

Intro and types I’ve been paying very close attention as of late to a special type of discourse: Namely, about what is possible and what is impossible. This study has led me to be very careful about my language use when speaking of such things because there are multiple types of possibilities: Logical, epistemic, physical, […]

Contraries If one looks in a general dictionary one will not a find a definition of contrary that is philosophically useful.i I looked the word up in a philosophical dictionary but that was not satisfied with the provided definition: A pair of categorical propositions which (provided that we assume existential import) cannot both be true, […]

Copyright © Norman Swartz 1994 URL This revision: April 9, 1994 Department of Philosophy Simon Fraser University These notes may be freely reproduced, in whole or in part, provided the copyright notice and URL (above) are preserved on the copy. Any other reproduction is illegal. Philosophy as a Blood Sport Preface This essay was […]

I’ve heard that claim, but do you think it is true? I don’t. All LPoEs (Logical Problem of Evil’s) can be seen as an inconsistent set of propositions. Here’s a really simple version: Simple LPoE: 1. God is all-good. 2. God is all-powerful. 3. God is all-knowledgeable. 4. If god is all-good, all-powerful and all-knowledgeable, […]

  ————– Introduction In this essay I will explore the two major competing nomenclatures concerned with the definition of atheism, theism and agnosticism. Then I will argue that the new nomenclature is to be preferred. Then I discuss various issues with atheism/theism and agnosticism. After that I reveal a questionnaire that one can use to […]

Over at FRDB we recently discussed whether propositions are objective (i.e. exist independent of any mind). Usually, I prefer to take a nominalist approach, but in this thread I decided to assume the role of a platonist. Physicalist, a nominalist, wrote that: […] the proposition “the universe exists” did not exist before there were conscious […]

Researches [Who?] has recently discovered that the universe is made of failium. Failium is a newly discovered element which has the number 0. It has the remarkable ability to fail at whatever it is doing. So far, failium has been detected in all samples tested for it. This was done using a newly devised test. […]

Source. Gamgee wrote: In the Ontological Argument, Anselm refutes Guanilo’s Perfect Island criticism by stating that God has Aseity. Anselm does not, as far as i know, make any attempt to prove that God has Aseity, or even if Aseity is logically possible. I argue that it is not, for the following reason: 1) We […]