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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Against Professional Philosophy

There is some interesting material here. Certainly contemporary academic philosophy in the Anglosphere and elsewhere is over-specialized and hyper-professionalized. A critique is needed. I have given the APP effort only a cursory reading, so I won't say anything more about...

'Traditional Marriage' or 'Natural Marriage'?

This from long-time reader, Bill Tingley: As always, Bill, I find reading your blog enlightening and enjoyable. I note you are using the term "traditional marriage" to refer to marriage. Now that the Supreme Court has redefined marriage as nothing...

Independence Day Twilight Zone Marathon Schedule

It starts tomorrow morning. Kelley Vlahos: While it might be difficult to fathom, Independence Day and the 1960s television hit “The Twilight Zone” have become virtually synonymous in the eyes of the show’s multigenerational fandom. [...] One could...

Another Thing Islamists and Leftists Have in Common

Both are destructive of the past. Examples aplenty in the news. “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” (George Orwell) Quotation found here.

Liberal Race Lunacy in Oregon

Here. No commentary necessary. To post this pernicious nonsense is to refute it. “Many white people in Oregon have no idea that our schools and state are immersed in white culture and are uncomfortable and harmful to our students of...

Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage: Decoupling Religious and Secular Considerations

I say they should be decoupled. They won't be, of course, but they should be. My case for decoupling may be gleaned from the following two substantial entries: What Does Abortion Have to Do with Religion? The Infertility Argument fo...

SCOTUS and Benedict

In the wake of recent events, Rod Dreher renews his call for the Benedict Option: It is now clear that for this Court, extremism in the pursuit of the Sexual Revolution’s goals is no vice. True, the majority opinion nodded...

Why Not Privatize Marriage?

Being a conservative, I advocate limited government. Big government leads to big trouble as we fight endlessly, acrimoniously, and fruitlessly over all sorts of issues that we really ought not be fighting over. As one of my slogans has it,...

Same-Sex Marriage: No Surprise Conservatives Lost

Four reasons off the top of my head. 1. Conservatives don't know how to argue and persuade. In the main, conservatives are not at home on the plane of ideas and abstractions where one must do battle with leftist obfuscation....

God, Proof, and Desire

From a reader:... I’m confused by some of your epistemic terms. You reject Aquinas’s view that we can “rigorously prove” the existence of God, and several times say that theistic arguments are not rationally compelling, by which...

Infinite Desire and God as Being Itself

A reader from Portugal raised a question I hadn't thought of before: "Can God satisfy our infinite desire if God is a being among beings?" This question presupposes that our desire is in some sense infinite. I will explain and...

Modality, Possible Worlds, and the Accidental-Essential Distinction

This from a reader: The Stanford Encyclopedia notes in its article on Essential vs. Accidental Properties, "A modal characterization of the distinction between essential and accidental properties is taken for granted in nearly all work in analytic metaphysics since the...

A Question About God and Existence

A reader asks: You seem to hold that, if God is identical to his existence, then God is Existence itself. Why think that? Why not think instead that, if God is identical to his existence, then he is identical to...

More Liberal Insanity: 'Trigger Warning' for Kant's Critiques

A tip of the hat to London Karl for bringing the following to my attention. Karl writes, "I love your country, but it gets more absurd by the day." It does indeed. Contemporary liberals are engaged in a project of...

Keith Burgess-Jackson on the SCOTUS ObamaCare Decision

Professor Burgess-Jackson is better qualified to comment on this topic than I am. I would now like to thank Keith publicly for all his help, advice, linkage, and support over the years. Our friendship goes back to the early days...

Politics and Ridicule in a Post-Consensus Age

Dennis Prager was complaining one day about how the Left ridicules the Right. He sounded a bit indignant. He went on to say that he does not employ ridicule. But why doesn't he? He didn't say why, but I will...

Is the Enlightenment the Problem?

Malcolm Pollack laments via e-mail: Don't things seem to be coming apart faster and faster now? Or am I just getting old, and so the distance between this madding world and my reference frame for 'normal life' is just making...

In Defense of Modes of Being: Substance and Accident

The following entry, first posted on February 20, 2011, is relevant to the question whether God is a being among beings. My rejection of this claim requires that there be modes of Being. If talk of modes of Being is...

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